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Raonic vs Kohlschreiber tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Can Raonic bring strong Australian Open form to Rotterdam?

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 11 Feb 2019
  • Fourth seed Milos Raonic faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the ABN AMRO WTT on Tuesday
  • Raonic vs Kohlschreiber is live from Rotterdam on Tuesday at 11am local/10am GMT
Milos Raonic (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Fourth seed Milos Raonic looks to back up a strong Australian Open as he faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

World no. 14 Milos Raonic faces German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the second round of ATP Rotterdam.

Raonic has drifted out of the conversation a bit in recent years following his run to the Wimbledon final in 2016, with his last ATP title coming in January 2016 in Brisbane, and only three appearances in ATP 250 finals over the past two years, in one of which he had to give a walkover – not a bad record, but an unimpressive one for a man who was looked on for a while as a legitimate contender to join if not displace the perennial trio at the top of the game.

Coach Goran Ivanisevic said he had put himself back in the conversation with his Australian Open campaign, which saw the big-serving Canadian follow a quarterfinal appearance in Brisbane with a quarterfinal appearance in Melbourne, via a series of absolutely brilliant victories over Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

Raonic’s run did end in slightly disappointing fashion with a one-sided defeat to Lucas Pouille, a match he was expected to win and for which he did not particularly show up, but the Australian Open run was nevertheless a reminder of how devastatingly effective his game is when he is fit and free of the seemingly constant niggling injuries which have all too often disrupted his momentum or kept him off court in recent years.

The world no. 14 could have an opportunity to do some damage at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam this week, with defending champion Roger Federer not returning and the draw hit by plentiful withdrawals from injured or ill players (although it is still a very strong one). A semifinalist losing to Wawrinka on his only previous appearance in Rotterdam in 2015, Raonic could be set for a second-round rematch with Wawrinka, one of his victims in Melbourne, if he wins Tuesday’s opener with Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Philipp Kohlschreiber (KOEN SUYK/AFP/Getty Images)
Old stager Kohlschreiber, seven years older than Raonic at 35, comes into the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament ranked world no. 32, although he was ranked as high as world no. 16 in 2012. This will be the veteran’s eleventh appearance at the 500-level indoors tournament at the Ahoy Rotterdam, but he has only won back-to-back matches three times, reaching the quarterfinals in 2007 and 2014 and the semifinals in 2016, when he beat second seed Marin Cilic before losing to Gael Monfils.

Although Kohlschreiber hasn’t won back-to-back matches in the past two years in Rotterdam, he’s had good wins over first Lucas Pouille and then Karen Khachanov, and suffered entirely understandable defeats to Martin Klizan when the Slovakian was defending champion and Federer in 2018 when the Swiss was on the way to the title, so he owns a strong record in Rotterdam, although none of his eight ATP career titles and only one of his ten ATP runner-up appearances came on indoor hard courts.

Kohlschreiber is one of those ATP 30-somethings, reports of whose decline turned out to be greatly exaggerated. He dropped out of the world’s top 50 in 2017, but was back in it by the end of the year by winning the title in Kitzbuhel, and in 2018 he rose as high as world no. 22, finishing runner-up to Zverev in Munich and making the quarterfinals at the Indian Wells Masters and the round of 16 at the US Open. So far in 2019, Kohlschreiber was a semifinalist at the ASB Classic in Auckland, losing to eventual champion Tennys Sandgren, was edged by Joao Sousa in the second round of the Australian Open and won two matches vs Hungary in Davis Cup, although it’s worth noting that one of his opponents was ranked outside the top 300 and the other didn’t even have a ranking. He lost in the first round of Montpellier last week to Radu Albot, who went on to make the semifinals.

This will be the first meeting between Raonic and Kohlschreiber in six years, with their head-to-head poised at 1-1 after two matches in 2013 with Kohlschreiber winning on clay and Raonic on hard courts at the Australian Open. I don’t think this is an easy match for Raonic by any means, but it’s certainly a winnable one, especially on these indoor hard courts and even more so if Raonic has brought his Australian Open form to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.  

Raonic vs Kohlschreiber ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament tennis is live from Rotterdam from 11am local/10am GMT

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