Milos Raonic Says He’s Going To Do Things Differently This Time Against Novak Djokovic
by Tom Gainey | January 26th, 2015, 8:16 am
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Milos Raonic powered into his first career Australian Open quarterfinal today outlasting Feliciano Lopez in five sets. The reward? A Tuesday night date with 4-time champion Novak Djokovic who has beaten the World No. 8 in all four meetings and who also hasn’t dropped a set after a late night win over Gilles Muller, another big server.

Djokovic beat Raonic three times last year including the Paris Indoors final, the French Open and in Rome. He also won in 2013 in Davis.

In those four matches, Raonic has won just one of the 11 sets they have played.

“I think I’m doing things differently,” Raonic said referring to their past meetings. “I’m moving better. I feel like I have it within myself. I just got to bring it out. I’m going to, like always, focus on myself first, make sure that I get my things in order, get my things organized, play my game, then throughout the match make the adjustments I have to.

“I play for the opportunity to have a shot against the big guys at the big slams. So the first week’s about getting through and giving yourself that opportunity. I think that has a significant enough meaning on its own.”

Raonic is not the only Canadian in the quarterfinals. The 24-year-old in joined by countrywoman Genie Bouchard who plays Tuesday.


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6 Comments for Milos Raonic Says He’s Going To Do Things Differently This Time Against Novak Djokovic

Tennis Fan Says:

Raonic … the absolutely most determined of the rising stars. This guy is going to make things happen. Gotta love him.


Giles Says:

5 sets to beat Lopez?? Hmmm!!


skeezer Says:

I like Roanic also. But Nole is one guy that exposes Roanic’s movement.
The only chance Roanic has is to serve Nole off the court. He is hardly ever gonna win points in a baseline game against the #1. He simply does not have the physical attributes that Nole has in a baseline game.


jane Says:

raonic set or broke some canadian records by reaching the quarters. it’s the 3rd slam at which he’s done so, i believe. a good point in his favour is that nole hasn’t done super well at converting bps thus far, so it may come down to tiebreaks, and then it’s a bit of a crapshoot, really. they are familiar with each other’s games and very motivated. i am guessing it’ll be a tense affair. hope nole comes through!


Margot Says:

I wouldn’t worry jane, Lopez, yes Lopez, took him to 5 sets and actually managed to break his serve in the process.


Tuzo Says:

@Margot, there are some things to pick on about Raonic’s game but being broken once in a 5 set match is not one of them! He held 25/26 service games (96%). That said, he’s in tough against Djokovic (as almost everyone is). http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day13/1402ms.html

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