Milos Raonic and Tommy Robredo will be going head-to-head for the sixth time in their careers when they battle for a spot in the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. Their past history against each other has been total one-way traffic in favor of Raonic, who has won all five of their previous encounters and is 10-2 in total sets at Robredo’s expense. They have squared off twice on hard courts–both times last season–and to say those meetings have not gone well for the Spaniard would be an understatement. He lost to Raonic 6-3, 6-2 in Indian Wells and 6-1, 6-2 in St. Petersburg. Check out the Raonic vs Robredo Head to Head stats.
Although Robredo is generally a staple of the fourth round of Grand Slams, the fact that he is almost always seeded helps in that effort. Due to combination of age, injury, and a decline in play, Robredo no longer has a number by his name. As such, he was at the mercy of the draw–and he does not have a good one now, having to go up against Raonic in round two. Robredo, 33, registers at No. 42 in the world. On the heels of a mediocre 2015 campaign, he started this season in similar fashion, advancing one round in Sydney before getting clobbered by Viktor Troicki.
Although Raonic also struggled in 2015, in general his career is on a distinct rise. At 25 years old, Raonic has already been a mainstay of the top 10 and of second weeks at majors. He is only outside the top 10 right now (14th) because of a foot injury that plagued him throughout the second half of last season. Back in business in 2016, Raonic captured the Sydney title by rolling over Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
As if all of that isn’t enough, the Canadian is coming off a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 beatdown of Lucas Pouille on Tuesday, whereas Robredo had to outlast Malek Jaziri 8-6 in the fifth set. The veteran is going to be running on fumes for a matchup in which he would be a heavy underdog even at 100 percent. This is going to a beatdown from start to finish.
Prediction – Raonic in straight sets