One of the biggest hopes of the post-Big 4 generation Milos Raonic takes on the leading light of the current generation of new stars in Alexander Zverev. It has the potential to be a fascinating match if both players are at their best, especially Zverev whose slam performances have constantly been found wanting. It would be Zverev’s first quarter-final in Australia if he wins and second in slams overall. Check out the Raonic vs Zverev H2H matches.
Raonic has continued to be outstanding on serve, winning over 80% on his first in all three wins so far. Breaks have been at a premium but he has delivered when the pressure is on – he has won five out of the six tiebreaks he has played so far including one in the 6-4 6-4 7-6 victory over Pierre Hugues Herbert on Day 6 of the tournament. “To pull up two days after the tough match I had and play a pretty quite good actually level of tennis, efficient, I think that was all very positive for me.” he said. “I also knew I’d have a few opportunities. I had a few and made the most of them. Overall happy with it.”
Zverev is going to have to start going deep in grand slams or the criticism will continue mount up, even if he continues to play will and win events in the best of three format. The German has not found it easy in best of five to date but will hope that 2019 sees that change. He beat Aljaz Bedene and Alex Bolt in his first and third matches with ease but it is matches like his second round win over Chardy that raise concern. He was 2-0 up and cruising but eventually had to go the distance to advance.
“I mean, we played twice, once on clay, once or grass, which were two very different matches obviously. He’s playing very well. It’s going to be a fun match. Obviously not a lot of rallies, not a lot of long points. We’ll see how it goes.” Zverev said on Raonic. The pair split those matches with Raonic winning the most recent time out at Wimbledon 2 years ago. With Lucas Pouille or Borna Coric up next, the winner will be fancying their chances of making the semi finals.
Prediction – Milos Raonic in 5 sets