For the third time this season, and the second time in a Masters 1000 event, Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic will meet on the ATP World Tour. Djokovic edged Raonic in both their previous encounters to take a 2-0 lead in the head-to-head series, and will be looking to add to add to his title collection ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Check out the Djokovic v Raonic Head to Head matches here.
Following his convincing showing against Andy Murray on Friday afternoon, top seed Novak Djokovic added to his ever-growing momentum in Paris with a commanding victory over Kei Nishikori to reach the final in Bercy. The Serbian star won the match 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour of court time.
“It was a great match,” Djokovic told Sky Sports. “I haven’t dropped a set getting into the finals. I definitely feel fresh and motivated to play well tomorrow. We could see Kei wasn’t serving at his best, maybe he was fatigued from finishing late last night. Regardless, I played well and concentrated on what I needed to do. I served exceptionally well in the important moments and it’s something that encourages me for tomorrow.”
In one of the more competitive matches this week in Paris, Milos Raonic defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to reach his second ever Masters 1000 final on the tour. His first final was on home soil in Canada last season.
“I’m fortunate to have plenty of matches ahead of me now. For a while, it looked like I wouldn’t have that opportunity, but I made the most of this week. I’ve been playing great and it’s about making that last and making each win as special as the one before and trying to go all the way.”
This marks just the third time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head series 2-0. Both their previous encounters took place during crucial encounters this season: the quarter-final at the French Open and the semi-final in Rome. This marks their first ever meeting on hard court and could make for an entertaining encounter given the Canadian’s performances this week.
“I’ve been very impressed with Raonic. He’s one of the best servers in the game. He isn’t missing too many and his second serve is bouncing very high. He has very good movement for somebody of his height. He’s improved his baseline game and he’s a complete player now. He’s experiencing the best time of his career and he’s coming off back-to-back wins against Federer and Berdych and I’m sure he’s motivated to win tomorrow. Having said that he’s one of the best servers, one of the keys of the match tomorrow will be trying to get as many returns back in the court and make him play.”
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