For the fifth time this season, fate has placed Canada’s Milos Raonic and U.S’s Jack Sock in an encounter on the ATP World Tour to determine who will advance to a later stage of the tournament. This time, the two will meet in the second round of the Paris Bercy, Raonic leads the head-to-head series 5-1.
Following a failed attempt to increase his ranking points in Basel last week, where he lost to red-hot Belgian David Goffin in the quarter-final round, Canada’s Milos Raonic will be looking to pick up some big wins and close out his season on a positive note.
The Thornhill native will be feeling the pressure this week in Paris, as he currently sits in the 10th spot in the race to London, which means he actually needs to lift the Paris Masters title to ensure his spot in the year-end championships.
Sock began his week in Paris on Monday afternoon, where he defeated Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-1 in dominant fashion. The 22-year-old American won 90% of his first service points to close out the match in 1 hour and 7 minutes.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and the third time in just over one month on the tour. Sock’s sole win over Raonic came in Memphis last season and he has since lost five consecutive matches to the Canadian. Raonic is in a must-win situation if he is interested in making a late charge for the Barclays ATP Word Tour Finals, and that does not bode well for Sock’s chances.
Prediction: Milos Raonic in Three Sets