Thailand Open Round 2
Centre Court 3rd match
Milos Raonic (Player Profile) opens his Asian swing against Marinko Matosevic (Player Profile) in this second round encounter. One of the most feared indoor hard court players, Raonic has picked up three titles on the surface. All of these are in San Jose although he is a multiple finalist in Memphis too – losing to Andy Roddick and Jurgen Melzer in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Raonic vs Matosevic Head to Head stands at 2-1 for the Australian.
Meanwhile, Matosevic’s record on the surface is less decorated due to only really becoming a mainstay on the ATP Tour last year. His best indoor performance to date in his career is a Memphis semi final this year. He would defeat Sam Querrey and Alexandr Dolgopolov before having to retire injured against Kei Nishikori when down a set.
Indoor courts are always seen as the best surface for big servers but comparing John Isner to Raonic would be an example of this not necessarily always being the case. Raonic has shown he is much more capable dealing with a fast surface and this year notably defeated Tommy Haas on the surface.
Surprisingly, Matosevic leads the head to head 2-1. Matosevic won the only indoor meeting in Rimouski Challenger in 2010 before Raonic had yet to make his mark on the tour while they share a 1-1 record on outdoor hard courts. Matosevic defeated Raonic in straights in Washington this year although it wouldn’t be a push to suggest Raonic had his eye on the Montreal Masters the very next week.
It’s hard to get a read on Matosevic’s true level given his round one victory was over a home wildcard who hadn’t played an main tour event before this week. He defeated Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul 6-1 6-1 in under an hour as the step up was too much for the young Thai.
Raonic was defeated in the second round here last year by Jarkko Nieminen but it would be a shock to see an exit at the same stage this year. The Finn has a greater pedigree indoors than Matosevic who should be a fairly straight forward opponent for the Canadian to ease back into the swing of things after a tough Davis Cup outing a few weeks back.
Prediction: Milos Raonic in straight sets