Milos has left the building...
Losing to 20 year old Jack Sock, ranked outside the top 150 and a huge underdog, Raonic has made a 1st rnd exit from the Memphis ATP 500 Indoor Hard-Court tourney. The score was 3-6, 7-5, 5-7. The other important stat was this:
Break Points Converted:
Jack Sock : 2/3
Milos Raonic : 1/9
Not a good day for #TeamMilos. Unfortunately, other than the numbers, we can't say much since the 1st rnd wasn't covered anywhere: audio, video, TV, internet, nothing.
Read the Associated Press article here : http://wap.sportsnet.ca/tennis/2013/02/20/us_indoors_feb20/
Memphis this week...
Milos is into Memphis this week, directly following his 3-years-in-a-row title win at San Jose. Raonic is 2nd seed in Memphis, edged out by Marin Cilic for that top starting spot. Even though he's 2nd seed, the conditions (indoor hard court) probably make him the favourite to win this thing. Raonic lost to Andy Roddick and JoJo Melzer in the finals of Memphis 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Milos will play his first match, versus 20-year-old Jack Sock, late on Wednesday, Feb 20th. He is up following the Bryan Bros in the 7pm session. (This session starts at 8pm Eastern Time, so Milos will probably start around 9:30pm ET)
Likely Quarterfinal opponent for Milos is his finals opponent last week in San Jose, Tommy Haas. His Semi-final opponent would likely be John Isner (can't wait for that, rematch of that Toronto match last year), and in the finals he would likely face Cilic, Nishikori, Querrey, or maybe Dolgopolov.
I'm hoping we get to see Dolgo and Isner matches, also, I can imagine Tommy Haas would like another crack at him, so all 3 of these would surely be great matches to watch!
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Milos Raonic def. Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3
Milos has won San Jose in its final installment, his 3rd in a row at the ATP 250 event. He never looked to be in trouble during the match with Haas, putting together a solid win in a match where he seemed the easy favourite (this is starting to become the norm...).
Milos will Play in Memphis next, a tournament where he's also had great success in the past (made the finals in the past 2 years). The indoor hard-court surfaces are an obvious advantage for Milos given his strengths. Looking forward to another good showing from him!
Update: Milos into the final, and a chance for threepeat
Milos Raonic defeated Sam Querry 6-4, 6-2 yesterday. The match happened a little earlier than expected due to a schedule change required due to ATP rules regarding singles / doubles match timings and mandatory minimum rest. Milos should be well rested in any case for his match today versus Tommy Haas today. If he wins, it's a historic three SAP Open Titles in a row for Raonic, which would include the final running of this ATP 250 event in San Jose. Too bad, this tournament is an important part of Milos' history in the sport, being his first title and all that...
Milos has never played Tommy Haas, who also defeated a home-country favourite, John Isner, in his semi-final bout. Both look to be in top form for their match to be played no earlier than 3 PM Pacific Time (6 PM ET, Feb 17th). Sportsnet ONE will be airing it live, but you can probably also catch it streaming here if you don't have access to cable TV < http://www.sapopentennis.com/matchcenter.asp >.
Have a look at the article written by Jonathan Okanes for SAPOpenTennis.com here < http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/News.asp?story_id=536 > which includes this interesting factoid:
Raonic has won 104 of 106 service games lifetime at the SAP Open. -- from SAPOpenTennis.com
As the Canadian Press article notes, Milos has won 31 of 31 service games in this tournament so far... looking good! < http://www.cbc.ca/sports/tennis/story/2013/02/16/sp-raonic-sap.html >
Milos is into the semi-finals in San Jose, defeating Istomin 7-6 (0), 6-3. He will face either Sam Querry or Alejandro Falla tomorrow (Saturday) as he continues his run to threepeat at the SAP Open.
The very last running of this event is now underway, with Milos attempting a three-peat, after winning in 2011 and 2012. But to get there he will likely need to beat Denis Istomin, Sam Querrey and John Isner. Milos' first match will be Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7pm Pacific Time. Unlikely we'll see it on TV, but we can watch it online at the excellent SAP Open site: http://www.sapopentennis.com/matchcenter.asp -- complete with play-by-play, virtual replay and great stats.
Looks like Sportsnet ONE will be carrying the Semi-Final and Final matches, Saturday and Sunday, Feb.16 and 17.
We should also be watching out for Milos' Canadian team-mates Jesse Levine and Vasek Pospisil, who both defeated their first-round opponents in convincing straight sets.
Milos on ABC7 >> http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8989279 << ...and in conversation with Gian Gomeshi >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pruT0GWQwnE&feature=youtu.be <<