Raonic vs Francis Tiafoe
2nd round match in Toronto between Milos Raonic and Frances Tiafoe.
I am going with a straight-sets victory for Raonic in this match and the main reasons are two- Tiafoe is not in form and Raonic serves like a monster! OK, this is their first match and Tiafoe is looking like a huge underdog here. Not only Raonic will play infront of home crowd, which will support him in the tough moments during the match(if he faces them on his serve), but also Tiafoe is not in good moment form. He lost in the 2nd rounds in Atlanta and Washington by Baghdatis and Goffin( no one of them is also in brilliant form) and he did it with difference in straight sets- 7:5 6:1 by the Cypriot and 6:0 6:3 by the Belgian player. So, it looks like an impossible job to eliminate Raonic in the 2nd round.
Raonic progressed to the 2nd round after beating David Goffin in the 1st round in straight sets 6:3 6:4 with quite easiness. He served like a machine during all of the match facing any problems only when he had to close the first set. He dealt with the few breakpoints David had and took the 1st set. In the 2nd one break was also absolutely enough, giving no chances to Goffin on his serve. Raonic won 100% on his 1st serve points, which is astonishing and also 67% on his 2nd serve. If he made a performance close to that one against Tiafoe(player who was destroyed by Goffin last week), the USA player will be blown away of the court.
Raonic looks absolutely rested after Wimbledon and the crowd expect something big by him this week. Tiafoe lost twice in straight sets in the last two tours he played in the 2nd rounds. So, I see anything than a fast Raonic win in two sets. The only negative thing is that the winner of this match will face Grigor Dimitrov in the 3rd round and I feel pity for Dimitrov, because his job looks so hard, one of the toughest opponents you can face in Toronto, especially when Raonic serves like this.
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Raonic vs Francis Tiafoe prediction
|Raonic -1.5 sets AH||Pinnacle||1.93||10||1-2 LOST (-10 units)|