Milos Raonic’s turnaround year continues. The Canadian fired 10 aces on his way to defeating David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open.
Goffin won the only previous meeting between the two players, but struggled on this day to get into Raonic’s service games throughout the match. Finally he got a break in the second set to even things out, but it was Raonic who came out ahead in the deciding set.
The Belgian won his previous three matches that went to a deciding set, but Raonic got up 3-0 and never looked back, edging his way into the final.
Raonic improved to 14-1 this year, his only loss being in the semi-finals of the Australian Open to Andy Murray, and will play either top-ranked Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.
Coming into the match, Goffin, who is having quite the year himself, stunned world number four, Stan Wawrinka in three sets. However, Raonic’s serve, which averaged 131mph proved to be too much.
As mentioned earlier, Raonic will play either Nadal or Djokovic in the final. He holds a 1-11 head to head record against the two players combined, but has split the last two meetings with Nadal, beating him at Indian Wells in the quarterfinals one year ago.
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Article by: Blaine Grisak / Sports Life magazine