Wimbeldon Preview – Milos Raonic Vs. Igor Sijsling
Canadian Milos Raonic is set up to make a run at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament, further than he has ever ventured up to this point in his career. Raonic has reached the second round of Wimbledon in three straight years (including the current tournament), and a match against Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands gives him a good chance of succeeding where he has not been able to previously.
In the first round of the tournament, Raonic defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in straight sets 6/4, 6/3, 6/3. It was the second time that Raonic had faced Berlocq, and it was the second straight time that he was able to send him packing by way of a straight set victory.
In the second round he will meet Sijsling for the first time. Sijsling has a career record of 5-5 when playing on grass courts, so one way or the other his .500 record is going away. Raonic is in the same boat, having played 16 matches on grass and holds an 8-8 record, so the tipping point for both players will come in their second round match up.
Raonic’s best results at a Grand Slam tournament came earlier this year when he made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open. On two prior occasions, Raonic made it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam. The first was at the Australian Open in 2011 and the second time was at the 2012 U.S. Open.
The winner of this match will meet up with the winner of the Denis Kudla-Ivan Dodig match. This is another match where both players are ranked outside of the top 50, which will provide a good opportunity for Raonic to move well ahead of where he has made it in previous years.