Roger Federer – Milos Raonic
6-4 7-6 6-2 SET AND MATCH FEDERER! A forehand sets up an easy volley for the Swiss, which he puts away without any further doubt. As he produces yet another forehand winner and pulls a drop shot from out of his back pocket, he earns himself three match points. First one averted, but converts the second one and advances to this year’s Australian Open QFs. This will be his 35th consecutive Grand Slam QFs. Amazing!
6-4 7-6 5-2 An oustanding backhand return winner for Federer is erased by a forehand winner on the other side. Raonic forces a game point at 40-30 just to miss a forehand down the line. However, he manages to hang in there and reduces Roger’s lead to 5-2. The bad news for him is that Federer will be no serving for the match himself.
6-4 7-6 5-1 The Canadian goes up 30-15 yet again on the Federer serve, but an ace and a missed return from Raonic hand Roger a game point. He converts it with an ace and is one game away from victory.
6-4 7-6 4-1 First game of the set for Raonic. Comes up with a sweet winner followed by an easy smash put away. Another FH winner gives him three game points just before Federer shows his magic touch, producing a very cute drop shot. Raonic lets Fed back into the game (deuce), but eventually wraps it up and gets on the scoreboard.
6-4 7-6 4-0 Federer has won 90% of the points after his first serve. But despite this stat, Milos takes a 30-15 lead on Roger’s serve. Unfortunately for him, his game is just a bit incostistent and the Swiss makes sure he doesn’t let Raonic back into this set. Eventually holds after the first deuce on his serve in this match. Two aces at the end do the job for him.
6-4 7-6 3-0 BREAK! A rare forehand miss from Federer opens up the third game of the third set. However, two more unforced errors from Raonic secure the Swiss a 30-15 lead. As another forehand from the Canadian sails wide, Roger gets to a couple more BPs. First one saved but the Swiss legend grabs hold of the second one and this match is over for sure..
6-4 7-6 2-0 A 200kmh ace and a forehand winner make it 30-0. Raonic anticipates the ball really well in the very next point to reduce the lead and after Fed hits his first double fault of the match, the score is levelled at 30-30. Probably the best rally of the encounter follows, with Roger moving Raonic from side to side before the Canadian nets a backhand. The Swiss consolidates the break to take a 2-0 lead.
6-4 7-6 1-0 BREAK! Raonic has to be extra careful out there. Misses two forehands to hand Federer a 30-0 lead. A phenomenal return from Fed forces another error from the Canadian and three BP follow. Fed takes the very first one, amazing display of tennis.
6-4 7-6 SET FEDERER!
7-4 Outstanding! Fed comes up with a spectacular forehand passing shot, wraps up the set
6-4 A fantastic rally finished by a forehand winner from the Canadian
6-3 An ace and Fed earns himself 3 set points
5-3 Raonic gets into the rally, but eventually pulls a backhand wide
4-3 First mini break! A superb backhand passing shot from Fed, two serves for him now
3-3 Third ace from Milos and players change ends
3-2 Both players holding serves with confidence so far
2-2 Big first serve, Raonic misses a backhand return
1-2 Another ace from the Canadian
1-1 Raonic serves up an ace
1-0 BH winner from Fed
6-4 6-6 Federer attacks Raonic’s second serve to grab the first point, but the Canadian fights back with two great points to go 30-15 ahead. His forehand is looking a lot better than in the first set. Wraps up the game with a massive second serve, forcing a tiebreak.
6-4 6-5 A forehand winner from Federer followed up by a lucky net cord shot that lands on the baseline gives the Swiss a 30-0 lead. He subsequently produces two aces and Raonic will be serving for the second time to stay in this set.
6-4 5-5 One of the most confident holds for Raonic, wraps up the game in just over a minute. The Aussie crowd are slowly preparing themselves for the first tiebreak of the match.
6-4 5-4 The Swiss shows that he can hit winners from his backhand side too. Serve as efficient as ever, Raonic is struggling to win any points of Fed’s serve.. The Canadian will be serving to stay in the set.
6-4 4-4 Raonic starts the eighth game with a forehand unforced error, but is back on track after winning the next two points (including one ace). The games are flying by very quickly, the Canadian levels the score. After just one hour of tennis, the number of games played adds up to 18..
6-4 4-3 Federer hits a couple of inside out FH winners, backed up by a very clever serving. When it comes to serves from Fed, it isn’t only about pure power, but also some outstanding placement and variation. Holds to love..
6-4 3-3 It seems that the only way for Raonic wo win points is to keep them short and sweet. Whenever he gets into an ball exchange with Federer, he is in trouble. One thing that he can still rely on right now is his serve. He has dropped only 4 points on serve in this set, Fed dropped two.
6-4 3-2 Now then! Roger drops the first point on his serve..But Raonic can’t seem to take his chances, two missed returns put Fed back in the driving seat. A promising start for the Canadian ends with a hold to 15 for the Swiss maestro.
6-4 2-2 A good challenge from Raonic means he adds an extra ace onto the stats board. However, the Canadian misses and easy looking BH passing shot and a FH approach to hand Federer another half chance for a break (30-30). Luckily for Milos, his serve gets him out of trouble, levelling the score at 2-2.
6-4 2-1 Roger makes it look all too easy. Despite Raonic missing two forehands just by few inches, he knows that his ground strokes have to be that good to win the rallies against the Swiss. Fed holds to love with a routine forehand winner.
6-4 1-1 Raonic pulls a forehand wide, but erases the mistake with an ace. The Canadian finally manages to win a longer rally and a couple more aces follow. Fed back on serve
6-4 1-0 The Swiss is playing very solidly, only 1 unforced error vs Raonic’s 14 in set one. He holds to 15, mixing up ground strokes with some net approach. Raonic will have to be careful on serve, because it is hard to see how he can take Federer’s..
6-4 SET FEDERER! Raonic goes 0-15 down once more after his forehand approach sails long. An ace erases the Swiss’s lead, but another FH unforced error from the Canadian and suddenly Fed has got a half chance to break. Milos levels the score once more, but one more double fault creeps in to hand Federer his first set point. The 17 time Grand Slam champ takes it with wide arms open, with Raonic coming in to the net and netting a BH volley.
5-4 Roger’s big advantage, should it come to a tiebreak, will be the confidence he is holding serve with. Another hold to love and Raonic will be serving to stay in the set.
4-4 Federer challenges Raonic’s serve that proves to be just a couple of millimeters out. A double fault follows (0-15). The Swiss misses a fairly routine running forehand and when he fails to deliver a forehand return, Raonic takes a 30-15 lead. Just two more points in this game that ends with a standard finish – an ace.
4-3 Fed continues in his aces production. As soon as it gets to a rally, it is the Swiss who dominates, moving his opponent from side to side. Despite Raonic unleashing a forehand return winner, he is far from threatening Federer’s serve, who holds to 15
3-3 145mph first serve – simply unreturnable. The Canadian subsequently misses a forehand sitter and the score is set at 15-15. Federer lures Raonic in to the net and his ground strokes are too much to handle for the Canadian. A couple of points later, we have got the very first break point opportunity of the match, but Fed overhits a return. One more chance for Roger is saved by a massive first serve by Milos and an ace down the T earns him his first game point. Wraps up the game with a smash winner. Huge hold for him.
3-2 Roger shows he can rely on his serve as well, strikes two aces to go 30-15 up. Raonic is trying to take initiative, gets to a good chance to level the score but overhits a forehand just wide. Fed makes it three aces in the game. Flawless..
2-2 A well placed serve followed up by a forehand winner. Raonic seems to be striking his serves really well. An ace and another bullet forehand secure him a 40-0 lead in just about a minute. And guess what? He finishes it off with yet another ace. Good stuff
2-1 Another easy hold for the Fed Express. Holds to love with some solid serving and a couple of unforced errors from Raonic. One thing is quite certain – we won’t be seeing too many breaks of serve out there..
1-1 A monster serve from Raonic, misses the first serve (147mph) but hits an ace from the second. A forehand winner hands him a 30-0 lead. Roger finally gets to hit a decent return, but the Canadian eventually holds to 30. Wraps up the game with a serve and volley.
1-0 Big rally marks the start of the encounter, Raonic comes in to the net but misses an easy looking backhand volley. An unforced error from the Canadian is followed by an ace from Fed, who closes out the game with a forehand winner. Great start for the Swiss..
Federer to serve
Players are warming up.
Match to begin shortly… Should be a great match in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena.
Live Commentary of the Federer vs Raonic match from the Australian Open 2013 will commence here as soon as the players start warming up. It is scheduled to be the last Monday match at the Rod Laver Arena.
Federer leads the head to head with 3-0, with all of their encounters happening last year. The Swiss had to dig deep in all of those matches, prevailing twice in a tiebreak of the deciding set.