Canadian no. 1 Milos Raonic (Player Profile) continues his quest for his first ever ATP World Tour Finals appearance and will need to at least reach the Paris finals in order to stand a chance of doing so. The first obstacle in his way is World No. 48 Robin Haase (Player Profile). Their meeting tomorrow afternoon in the second round of the BNP Paribas tournament marks their first ever tour meeting and it will certainly be an entertaining affair.
The World No. 11 won his second title of the season in Bangkok and reached the finals in Tokyo the following week before succumbing to World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro. Since then he has reached the third round in Shanghai and the quarter-finals in Stockholm. He still has a slight possibility of qualifying for the year-end championships but will need to win his first ever ATP Masters 1000 title to clinch the qualifying spot.
Haase reached the finals in Vienna, defeating Vasek Pospisil, Fabio Fognini and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before losing to Tommy Haas in the finals. The following week he lost the rematch to Pospisil in the opening round in Basel. He rebounded with back-to-back qualifying round wins over Albert Ramos and Lukas Kubot and followed up with a main draw opening round victory against Denis Istomin 7-6, 6-3 on Monday afternoon. The Dutch athlete has compiled a 30-25 record this season with a 13-13 record on hard courts.
This is the first time these two competitors meet on the ATP tour. Although they are in vastly different points in their careers, this could still potentially be an entertaining match. Raonic is vying for a spot in the World Tour Finals and his quest alone should make this match interesting, if nothing else. The Canadian has the arsenal to defeat Haase and it will likely end in straight sets.