• Tsonga, Raonic clash in rematch of Olympics marathon

    3/13/13 4:22 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga, Raonic clash in rematch of Olympics marathon Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has taken out two veteran Americans but will now get an up-and-coming Canadian on Wednesday in Indian Wells. Tsonga and Milos Raonic are battling for a place in the quarterfinals.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they collide in round four of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday afternoon. Their only previous encounter came last summer at the London Olympics, where Tsonga survived a memorable 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 thriller.

    You can be sure this one won't be as long, but it should provide more entertainment with both players in fine form. Tsonga, a recent champion in Marseille, improved his 2013 record to 11-3 with hard-fought, straight-set wins over James Blake and Mardy Fish.

    Raonic also got a first-round bye and he was even handed a walkover into the third round by Michael Llodra. The 17th-ranked Canadian kicked off his Indian Wells campaign on Tuesday with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic. Raonic, who three-peated in San Jose last month, owns a 10-3 record for the season.

    Said the No. 17 seed of Tsonga: "He's been playing well consistently since the start of this year. We're both going to be trying to get ahead in the points early. He's very athletic. I just have to go out there and try to get ahead and play as much as I can on my terms."

    Raonic did not play particularly well against Cilic and the courts are not quite as fast as he would prefer. Tsonga, on the other hand, is in stellar form and should get some looks at his opponent's serve even though the return is by no means the strength of his game. Look for the Frenchman to advance after two competitive sets.

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Is it me or is Raonic looking exceptionally muscular?

nadline , 3/13/13 8:55 PM

He's just a big lad who's finally losing his baby fat.


Conspirator , 3/13/13 9:47 PM

Canada-sized choke from Raonic eh?

chr18 , 3/13/13 10:41 PM

And yet he is still ranked higher than every US player.


Conspirator , 3/14/13 12:50 AM

" And yet he is still ranked higher than every US player. "
That doesn't say much, as American mens tennis is in shambles at the present time...

tj600 , 3/14/13 12:54 AM

Raonic's only strategy is to win tiebreaks.

nadline , 3/14/13 1:03 AM

Well if the present time is the last 10 years, then yes.

That was my point.

Nadline, respectfully, you are wrong. Milos won the first set 6-4 and had more break points than Tsonga.

Tsonga only won because Milos beat himself with an easy missed volley then double faulted the last two points of the match. He needs to fix what is happening between his ears like so many other talents - Gasquet and Gulbis for example.

But, haha, that WAS so nadline.


Conspirator , 3/14/13 1:44 AM

Yes that maybe so, but he has said so himself that he thinks he can hold his serve until a tiebreak then he could serve his way to the set.

nadline , 3/14/13 2:18 AM

Yes, but he did not say that was his ONLY strategy.

C'mon now nada, don't be like Ricky now. ;)


Conspirator , 3/14/13 2:32 AM

big calves but not much more

RickyDimon , 3/14/13 2:56 AM

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