A big-serving third round encounter between Canada’s Milos Raonic and Lukasz Kubot is scheduled to take place at the Wimbledon Championships. This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour.
The Canadian No. 1 is living up to his first-time billing as a Top 8 seed, as he dispatched young American Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to secure his spot in the third round of the tournament. The match lasted a total of 1 hour and 39 minutes and featured a determined Raonic completely overwhelm Sock with his powerful serve. He lost a total of six first service points.
“For me the most important thing, especially on grass, is finding rhythm on second serve return,” said Raonic. “I found that quite early on. In both of first two sets, I was able to get early breaks, which helps. I was clean off my service games.”
While he has not been particularly notable over the past year, Lukasz Kubot, who was a quarter-finalist Wimbledon last year, appears to be right at home at this event. He defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6(3). It was another serve-dominated contest, as he hit 22 aces and a total of 66 winners to secure the match.
This will mark the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and promises to be an entertaining battle between two big servers on the ATP tour. The stars are currently aligning for Raonic though, as he has proven to be a gradually developing force on the tour with increasing consistency. He will look to secure his spot in the second week of the tournament with a strong win on Saturday.
Prediction: Milos Raonic in Four Sets