Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview takes a close look at the Wimbledon gentleman’s quarter-final between big-serving duo John Isner and Milos Raonic.
22:00 (AEST) @ All England Club, London
History: Played 4: Isner 3 V Raonic 1.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati Masters, 2016 (R32): Raonic d Isner 7-6 7-6.
Final Thoughts: It’s an all-North American quarter-final with U.S. ninth seed John Isner enjoying a watershed Wimbledon campaign and Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic trying to keep his bid for a second final appearance in three years alive.
The 33-year-old Isner was taken to five sets by Ruben Bemelmans in the second round – saving two match points – but despatched Yannick Maden, Radu Albot and Stefanos Tsitsipas in three to reach just his second grand slam quarter-final and his first since the 2011 US Open.
It’s a well-deserved breakthrough for Isner, who has exited in the third or fourth round of 17 of his last 25 grand slam events.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018
The vetean has been in fine form in 2018, claiming a maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Miami.
Raonic took care of Liam Broady and John Millman in straight sets in the early rounds, before eliminating Dennis Novak and Mackenzie McDonald in a pair of four-setters.
Battling injuries in recent times, this is the 27-year-old’s first time past the first round of a major since Wimbledon last year, when an on-fire Roger Federer whipped him in the quarter-finals.
Raonic reached his first an only grand slam final at Wimbledon in 2016 after defeating Federer in the semis, but went down to Andy Murray in the decider. He was also a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2014.
Isner has a 3-1 record against Raonic, but the Canadian won their last encounter at the 2016 Cincinnati Masters. Remarkably, seven of the nine sets they’ve played against one another went to a tie-break.
Both beanpoles are renowned for their dominant service games, with both consistently ranked in the ATP’s top three for service games won and aces per match. Isner sent down 64 aces against Bemelmans, the third-highest tally in a Wimbledon match ever.
Raonic’s big-match experience may give him a slight edge here but we see this one going the distance – just don’t expect too many long rallies.
🇺🇸 John Isner on 🇨🇦 Milos Raonic: "It's strength on strength … an important match with a lot of pressure riding on it. I'm not going to try to hide that fact. It's a huge match that we're going to play on Wednesday. May the best man win."https://t.co/gpJrifY8IB
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) July 9, 2018