Milos' Missiles: Raonic Rockets Past Goffin

07 August 2018 12:08
.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0; } .videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Here's a good rule of thumb — if you win all of your first-serve points, you're more than likely going to win that match. And that was the case for home favourite Milos Raonic on Monday at the Rogers Cup, as the Canadian won all 27 of points on his first delivery en route to a 6-3, 6-4 victory against reigning Nitto ATP Finals runner-up and No. 10 seed David Goffin.  The tournament is home to great memories for the 27-year-old, who reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final five years ago at this event, held in Montreal. Despite playing just one more tournament in 2017 after losing his first match in Montreal, due to injury, Raonic has showed improving form in 2018.  The former World No. 3 is now 21-8 this campaign, having reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals at the first two Masters 1000 events of the year, in Indian Wells and Miami, respectively. Raonic also reached the final in Stuttgart (l. to Federer), and advanced to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the fourth time in five years.  On opening night in front of his home crowd, Raonic extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead against the Belgian star to 3-2 after 73 minutes. Not only was he dominant on his first serve, but on serve in general. Tthe Canadian won 41 of 48 service points, with three of the points he lost coming on double faults. According to Infosys ATP Scores & Stats, Goffin entered the match 12th all-time among active players, having won 31.04 per cent of first-serve return points. Last year, the four-time tour-level champion was fourth on the ATP World Tour, claiming 31.78 per cent of his return games. But he could not convert on his three break points against the Canadian. Raonic also did well to capture 40 per cent of return points, showing no hesitation in lashing out at his forehand against the speedy counter-puncher. He will next face #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe or Roland Garros semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato. . read full article

Source: Atpworldtour