After Day 1 at the World Tour Finals in London it was Milos Raonic who ended the day top of group Ivan Lendl as he put on a ruthless display to defeat debutant Gael Monfils.
The Frenchman entertained as per usual with a nice little jumping smash winner at the net which ended up hitting the cameraman and came close to producing some epic passing shots but close wasn’t enough against ruthless Raonic this evening.
Listening him talking to Leif Shiras at the SkyPad on Sky Sports I was interested to hear Milos talk about cutting the ball short.
A number of times in the match we saw Milos come to the net and it was interesting to hear him say he purposely tried (and succeeded) to cut the angle and the volley’s short at the net to make Monfils run further and give him less of a target to aim for if he did get to Milos’ volleys. (yellow shows the safe option at the net but the red shows what volley’s Milos went for cutting the angle and making him run more)
On a court like this with the speed and the bounce and with Milos looking fit then betting against him would be a bit silly.
Just a couple of weeks ago he pulled out of Paris with a ligament tear in his ankle which threw his place in London into slight doubt but with his movement today, serving and net play he could be one to watch and was by far the best performer on Day 1 at the World Tour Finals.