Service breaks are likely to be at a premium in the first of two quarter finals on Friday at Indian Wells. Milos Raonic and Sam Querrey play each other for the fifth time in their careers, having split the first four matches (1-1 hard, 1-1 grass).
In 12 attempts, Querrey had never made it to the quarter finals at Indian Wells before. A somewhat kind draw has helped him make it this far, with Feliciano Lopez his fourth round opponent. He was strong on serve, hitting 14 aces in the 6-3 6-4 victory. “It’s the best I played so far. My first-serve percentage was a little low (57%). But other than that, I did everything really well. Really aggressive. I thought I returned pretty well against the guy. He’s got a tough serve,” said Querrey.
Raonic was given a walkover in the previous round after Marcos Baghdatis withdrew from the tournament. While a walkover in most cases may be beneficial to players, Raonic probably could have done with the extra match time given his lack of play this year in coming back. He is just 3-3 on the year after defeating Joao Sousa in the round prior. The Canadian does have history at Indian Wells though, having already made the final in 2016.
Raonic is well familiar with the threat posed by Querrey and knows what he needs to do if he wants to make it 3-2 against Querrey. “He’s got a great serve and a lot of things he can do to take the racquet from you, so it’s going to be about staying very disciplined with myself, which is something I needed to improve from my last matches, and being sharp out there throughout the whole duration of the match,” Raonic said.
Prediction – Milos Raonic in three sets