A Revenge Match? Federer v Raonic
Roger Federer was put out of the championships this time last year by Milos Raonic. The young Canadian who regularly serves in the 140mph range, started his opening game on centre in that vein. Federer is on the other side of the net again in a dual that has been eagerly anticipated all day.
One imagines that this match will be determined by who serves strongest. There is no doubt that Raonic will need to keep the points short if he is to topple the king of grass once again. In protracted rallies one would think Federer would out smart the fresh faced Canadian.
The daft approaches to the net by Raonic on three consecutive points gave Federer early break points in the third game. Somehow Federer didn’t capitalize on any of them and Raonic is now 2 1 up in the first set. Federer’s backhand is the most significantly improved shot in his game and, with deafness of touch, employed it to pass his opponent time after time. It didn’t take long for Federer to take the first set 6 4 in what seemed at times to be a serving clinic.
Now in the driving seat and with an early break in the second, only a fool would bet against Federer who is, perhaps, the best front runner of all time. The former world number one struts around on grass like a peacock showing off his feathers. He never seems to be out of breath or uses his towel to mop crystal like perspiration off his forehead.
It didn’t take long for Federer to gain a 2 sets to love advantage over the Canadian and his box were slowing losing their mind in what was becoming a very one sided affair. At 4 4 in the third set Raonic did well to hang in as Federer threatened on his serve. At 5 4 up now could he impose himself further and snatch a set? He failed to do so. Into the tiebreak we go and Raonic makes the better start leading 3 0.
It’s not long before the youngster has a rush of madness to the head by charging the net at inappropriate moments. Federer reasserts his authority and is now 5 3 up and then 2 match pint soon follows. He takes it on the first.