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  • Raonic, Baghdatis back in action at Shanghai Masters

    10/8/12 6:28 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Raonic, Baghdatis back in action at Shanghai Masters Milos Raonic and Marcos Baghdatis are taking the court on Tuesday in Shanghai after successful showings in Tokyo. They are set for respective meetings with Marinko Matosevic and Fabio Fognini.

    (Q) Marinko Matosevic vs. (12) Milos Raonic

    Raonic started this summer in lackluster fashion, but he heated up at the end of it and is borderline on fire right now. The 21-year-old Canadian reached back-to-back Masters quarterfinals in Toronto and Cincinnati, won three matches at the U.S. Open, dominated South Africa in Davis Cup, and is coming off a runner-up finish in Tokyo (where he beat Andy Murray last Saturday). Raonic is 43-17 for his 2012 campaign and has put himself in distant World Tour Finals contention.

    Up first for Raonic in round one of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Tuesday is Matosevic, whom he has never faced. Matosevic did well to qualify for the main draw over the weekend, scoring wins at the expense of Treat Huey and Sergiy Stakhovsky. The 60th-ranked Australian owns 14 of his 17 career ATP match wins this season. Count on Raonic maintaining his hot streak and advancing in straight sets.

    Fabio Fognini vs. Marcos Baghdatis

    Baghdatis also played well in Tokyo, reaching the semifinals before losing to a red-hot Kei Nishikori (who bageled Raonic in the third set of the title match). The Cypriot is now a solid 30-22 for the year and could get close to Australian Open seeding with a huge end to the season.

    Baghdatis is 0-2 lifetime against Fognini, with whom he will clash in the Shanghai first round on Tuesday. Fognini is one spot behind Baghdatis at 47th in the rankings and he recently finished runner-up to Martin Klizan in St. Petersburg. The Italian is underrated on hard courts, even though it is true that he is at his best on clay. Baghdatis in three entertaining sets is the pick.

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Why wasn't Raonic given a Wednesday start? He's got an easy opponent and I agree he should win in straight sets, but considering how he ran out of energy in the 3rd set in japan, he could very well be tred. A Wednesday start would have been ideal for his energy tank. Same for Nishikori.

I'm looking forward to seeing Fognini play. He's fun to watch, and he's got game..

I'm picking him to beat Baghdatis who also seemed low in energy in Japan.

scoretracker , 10/9/12 6:05 AM


they would have to withdraw if they wanted a Wednesday start.

Raonic and Nishikori do not have first-round byes.

RickyDimon , 10/9/12 7:03 AM


I forgot about the byes, only top 8 get those. T

The WTA gave those players who played a final a bye for their next tourney. Maybe, ATP will consider doing the same for the guys?

scoretracker , 10/9/12 7:22 AM


Okay, Raonic has improved his return game. Next thing to work on: his net play...........embarrassing at the moment.

rafaisthebest , 10/9/12 11:38 AM


Players can't get byes in the tournament following a final showing. If a player is travelling from a final in another continent then he/she'd get a Wednesday start - i forget the exact rule but it is prescribed that they receive an additional day's rest. Travelling from Tokyo to Shanghai, he wouldn't be entitled to anything but could ask the ATP and tournament for a delayed start. Tournaments will usually do all they can to accommodate a top player's request but other scheduling factors have to be taken into consideration too. Just look at Na Li in Beijing last year - didn't get what she wanted, spat the dummy and (surprise) lost her opener against a much lower-ranked player.

sukhumvit , 10/10/12 11:18 AM


Wasn't able to see either of their matches but rather as expected both Kei and Milos ran out of steam. That's the difference between the hardened ATP players and the less experienced, younger guys.

ed251137 , 10/10/12 11:58 AM


^^^^you can say that again!

rafaisthebest , 10/10/12 12:55 PM


Nishikori was hurt

not sure what happened to Milos since not on a TV court. Assume Baghdatis just continued to play well.

RickyDimon , 10/10/12 4:03 PM


I didn't see either of these matches, but Baggy can play very well. It could have been a combination of Raonic being a bit tired and Baggy just playing great tennis.

Nativenewyorker , 10/10/12 9:16 PM



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