One of the more captivating quarter-final match-up at the Swiss Indoor Basel on Friday is the one featuring Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic and surging Belgian David Goffin. Holding one of the most impressive winning streaks this season, Goffin will look to pick up his first ever victory over Raonic. The Canadian leads the head-to-head series 1-0 with a victory over three years ago at the Australian Open (retirement).
World No. 9 Milos Raonic survived a slight threat to his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals bid on Thursday when he needed a third set tiebreak to defeat Donald Young. The Canadian fired 22 aces to beat Young 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) in two hours and 19 minutes.
“Winning the first set definitely helped,” said Raonic. “I started off well and I was also able to make the most out of a few tough moments in the end.”
It has been a remarkable season for David Goffin. After breaking his left wrist last season, the Belgian No. 1 embarked on several majestic winning streaks in 2014 – one that included a streak of three ATP Challenger Tour titles in a tow, his maiden ATP World Tour title before losing at the hands of Jerzy Janowicz ahead of the US Open.
“Of course I didn’t expect so much success,” said Goffin. “I played on the ATP Challenger Tour to get some confidence because after Wimbledon, where I had a tough match with Murray, the confidence was not there. But match after match on the Challenger Tour, I was playing better. Now the confidence is there.”
Goffin has since embarked on another streak – this time 14 matches deep. He began his run in Basel with a straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem and followed up with another one over Ivan Dodig, 7-6(0) 6-4.
“I do my best every match. If my level is high, the results are coming after that. I try to stay focused on my level and what I have to do on the court. At the Australian Open, I will be seeded, so it’s a great opportunity to win some matches. I’m waiting for 2015. I’m enjoying myself on the court and I’m going to do my best.”
Prediction: Milos Raonic in Three Sets