The opening day of action at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will feature a highly anticipated rematch of the Paris Bercy quarter-final, as 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer looks, to avenge his loss to Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic on Sunday afternoon in London. The Swiss star leads the head-to-head series 6-1 but suffered his first loss to Raonic in their last encounter, which only adds to their already-compelling encounter. Check out the Federer vs Raonic Head to Head.
Following his surprising semi-final exit at the US Open, world No. 2 Roger Federer won titles in Shanghai, Basel, and reached the quarter-finals in Paris. As one of the two players left on the tour who will take part in both the World Tour Finals and the Davis Cup Final, he is far from the final stretch of the season just yet, and will be motivated to close out a relatively impressive 2014 season in style.
“Things can change very quickly, so that is why I am always careful with predictions. It is nice to see different faces at the [Barclays] ATP World Tour Finals this year with [Milos] Raonic, [Marin] Cilic and [Kei] Nishikori. It will be interesting to see how it will play out. I think the groups are interesting as well.”
While Raonic’s participation in the year-end championships was uncertain heading into the Paris Bercy, the Canadian ended his run at the event with a guaranteed spot amongst the elite eight on the tour. His achievement was, in part, due to his first ever win over Federer, whom he defeated 7-6(5), 7-5 in the quarter-final round en route to his runner-up finish.
While the Canadian will undoubtedly get a confidence boost from that victory, he insists that their upcoming match is a “brand new” encounter.
“It’s a brand new match. The last three times we have played, we have both played a lot of matches coming into the event. This time it is from the get-go. We have to find our form. Roger has done it many times. I am going to have to find a way to find my game quickly.”
This marks the eighth time that Federer and Raonic will meet on the professional tour, with the Swiss star leading the series 6-1. While Federer was usually a significant favourite ahead of his matches with Raonic, the odds will likely be far more conservative this time around. However, Federer should still hold the overall advantage over Raonic, and will edge out the win if he harnesses this peak form from earlier in the season.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets