Following strong showings in their first round matches, Milos Raonic and Tommy Haas will cross paths in the second round of the Wimbledon Championships. This serves as just the second time that the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour with Raonic leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a win back in 2013 at the San Jose final.
Kicking off his campaign on Monday afternoon, Milos Raonic defeated Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in straight sets. He struck 25 aces to win the match 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4) in two hours and six minutes.
“I don’t really think I actually served that well,” he said. “I just lacked a little bit of intensity and discipline in the right parts of my game. I think it sort of showed, because I would have to dig out of a few problems a few times love/30, break points, maybe situations that I wouldn’t normally let myself get into.”
Apart from reaching the second round of the tournament, Tommy Haas made a little bit of history as the oldest man to win a match at the Wimbledon Championships since 1991. He needed four sets to get past Dusan Lajovic but was able to do so in the end. However, Raonic does not expect age to be a factor in their second round encounter.
“He’s been doing some great things really, so I think age is irrelevant,” said Raonic. “I’ve just got to face Tommy and try to play my best.”
This marks just the second time that the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour with Raonic leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a win back in 2013 at the San Jose final. He won the contest in straight sets but will now come across the German for the first time on grass, which is an entirely different task.
Prediction: Milos Raonic in Four Sets