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22Jun/12Off

Wimbledon Draw

The draw for Wimbledon has been announced. Milos Raonic is seeded No.21 and will face Santiago Giraldo (COL) in the first round.

Santiago defeated Raonic in Davis Cup play in 2010, but a lot has changed in the last two years. Also, Santiago has never advanced past the first round in Wimbledon. It's not an easy first round opponent for Raonic (Santiago is ranked No.45), but you have to like his chances on the grass.

In the second round, Milos could face either Sam Querry or fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil. A possible third round opponent could be Marin Cilic, who is seeded No.16. Raonic is in Andy Murray's quarter of the draw (they could meet in the fourth round) and they're in the same half as Rafael Nadal. You can read more about the draw for Raonic here.

Could this be the year that Raonic makes a statement at Wimby? It's a tough looking draw, that's for sure. But Pete Sampras says that Milos is "a dark horse at Wimbledon." Live coverage starts Monday morning at 6:30AM ET on TSN.

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  1. I basically agree. The draw could be worse. However beating Cilic won’t be that easy on R3. An interesting match for sure. Milos feels very confident which is good and has been training hard at Wimbledon with different players. He says Wimbledon is slower than Halle and seems rather happy with it. I am not so sure it is as good as that for his game though. The National Post has a fairly good item on Milos with some quotes. If interested, you can see : http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/06/24/milos-raonic-more-confident-on-grass-ahead-of-wimbledon/

    • When Milos played at Halle, I felt he was struggling with his baseline game on the quicker court surface. It was most noticeable against Petzschner and Federer when his returns would hit the net or come up very short.

      I think the slower surface will help with his weaker return game; he’ll able to get to more balls and put them back in play. He should be able to get to R3 at least.

  2. The draw itself is not bad. He managed to avoid the top 3 quarters. He’s beaten Murray so he will have extra confidence if he gets there. Cilic will probably trouble Raonic in R3 but the slower court surface will allow Milos to dictate the points better. Realistically I think he will lose in R4 to Murray but he could surprise and make a QF or SF appearance.

    Considering all the unlucky draws he’s gotten the past few months, this is a nice one. I hope he takes it and gets closer to the top 10.


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