Milos Raonic has drawn Philipp Petzschner (GER) in the first round of the ATP 250 tournament in Halle. They are scheduled to play last on Center Court.
Petzschner defeated Raonic in Halle last year, but Milos has won their last two meetings. The German has been sliding in the rankings in the last few months while Milos was able to reach a career high of No.21 just a few weeks ago. Clearly all of the momentum will be with Raonic heading into match, but Petzschner should not be underestimated on grass. He showed some tremendous skill at the net when he defeated Raonic last year. No doubt he will be bringing his best game in front of the home German crowd.
Looking at the draw, Raonic could face Roger Federer in the third round. Who wouldn't want to see that match before Wimbledon?!
In the meantime, there is still the matter of deciding the French Open winner. Just when it looked like Nadal was going to roll over Djokovic today, Novak ran off eight straight games to force a fourth set. Nadal was finally able to hold serve before the match was suspended due to rain, but he's still down a break in the fourth. I won't beat around the bush: I'm a Nadal fan. I want him to beat Novak in the finals of the French and restore order to the Universe. This is the final many fans wanted last year when Djokovic went into Roland Garros undefeated. Federer put an end to the Serbian's unbelievable run, only to lose to Nadal in the final.
Perhaps it will play to Nadal's advantage that the match was suspended. We shall see tomorrow morning:
French Open Final Will continue tomorrow at 7am ETon TSN.
— Greg McIsaac (@TSN_PR) June 10, 2012