Federer vs Raonic
Final match in Stuttgart between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic.
Roger is back on the top of the ranking, that's the big news from yesterday! Roger beat Nick Kyrgios being a set behind ans that win guaranteed him the 1st place tomorrow. So, this will be a final without any pressure like it was in the SFs for Roger. Of course, Roger Federer will play for another title, he was out of the court for a few months and he is hungry for trophies. So, final match against Raonic, when H2H is 10:3 for the Swiss player...It speaks a lot who's the big favorite. If I have to be honest, no matter who was going to win yesterday's SF between Roger and Nick, I would play for him in the final. Milos chances are not big here, he's not the player before his wrist surgery and his results speak about that. He's inconsistent and it's hard to believe he will beat Rioger on grass courts, not after his big win against Roger in Wimbledon 2016, but I will talk about that a little bit later..
Roger was steadily progressing during the tournament and I think he is able to win against Raonic not only after tiebreaks. Milos is not unbreakable for sure and when you won a set 6:2 against even better server like Kyrgios, I don't see the reason why not to try here -2.5 games AH. In straight sets win, it means only one break for Roger. I talk about 2016 SF in Wimbledon between them when Raonic won the match 3:2 and eliminated Roger. I barely doubt Roger will lose once again on that surface against Raonic.. He know how motivated are the best tennis players when they lost an important match in GS tournament against weaker opponent. They just go on the court to destroy the opponents every single time like it was Rafa against Berdych for example after his loss in Madrid or against Soderling in Paris. So, Roger did that last season in their next match in Wimbledon 2017 when he was like a storm and beat him in straight sets 6:4 6:2 7:6. I doubt we will see anything different here from Roger's win.. Raonic continues to find his previous form and that final in Stuttgart is really good achievement, but only Berdych was serious opposition in his way to that stage. Roger's way was much more tricky, because he faced excellent opponents on grass courts like Mischa Zverev and bomb server like Nick Kyrgios.
Bookmakers give equal chances for success with -2.5 games AH for Roger. I am going with it and believe Roger will perform very well and he will find the right moment to break and finish his opponent.
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Federer vs Raonic prediction
|Federer -2.5 Games AH||Pinnacle||1.95||9||2-0 WON (+8.55 units)|