A season that started so well and promised so much for Milos Raonic has fizzed out recently. The Canadian played some exceptional tennis in Australia at the beginning of the season but has only won 13 of his last 18 matches and seems to get stuck around the quarter final mark.
The Canadian is now working with John McEnroe during the grass court season with McEnroe joining Ricardo Piatti and Carlos Moya as part of the Canadian’s coaching team. Milos will be hoping to make a big mark in London at Queens Club and Wimbledon over the next couple of weeks having made the semi-finals of Wimbledon before however I don’t believe he has the adaptability to be effective at the net with his movement and volleying skills to mix it up on grass.
I couldn’t think of anyone worse to play in round one than Nick Kyrgios. I think the court and especially the speed of centre court at Queen’s suits him and if you’re looking for variety then look no further.
I’m a massive fan of Nick I do think he can be top 5 this time next I really do, he does need to keep his head but he’s an entertainer and I have no doubts he will put on a spectacular show and I hope he does really well in London.
Nick does have a good record against Milos however it wasn’t all that to begin with. The Canadian did win their first two meetings at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2014 and in 2015 met at Wimbledon for the second year running but this in the third round it was the Australian who won and since Wimbledon two years ago it’s been all Nick having won their meetings this year in Miami and Rome without a set dropped.
I think Nick is the favourite despite Milos being the seeded player and higher ranked. His trickery can cause problems and if he can get forehand and backhand firing with power and depth especially into the backhand corner of Raonic he can and will take the chance to dictate points.