Djokovic vs Raonic ATP Cincinnati-New York Masters tennis live streaming, preview and predictions
Novak Djokovic struggled physically in his semifinal and the US Open looms – but he’s a perfect 10-0 against his Cincinnati-New York Masters final opponent Milos Raonic.
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Djokovic vs Raonic is live from New York on Saturday 29 August, 1pm local/6pm BST
Djokovic narrowly prevailed in a topsy-turvy, three-hour clash with Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday which saw both men serve for the match before a tie-break was required to settle it. Afterwards the world no. 1 was apparently not well enough to speak to the media.
With Djokovic’s first-round match at the US Open coming up on Monday, will the world no. 1 have energy to spend on facing Milos Raonic in the Western & Southern Open final – or is this the best opportunity Raonic will ever have to beat Djokovic after ten defeats at the hands of the Serb?
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Djokovic vs Raonic: Head-to-head
Djokovic is a perfect 10-0 against Raonic and has beaten him in two previous Masters 1000 Series finals (Paris 2014 and Indian Wells 2016; Raonic got a combined seven games in both finals). Their most recent match was at the Australian Open in January when Djokovic won 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(1).
Djokovic has won 24 of the 26 sets the two have played.
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Djokovic is now a perfect, unbeaten 22-0 in 2020, but with the possible exception of the five-set Australian Open final against Dominic Thiem which saw Djokovic win his eighth title in Melbourne, I’m not sure any of those 21 other matches have been as dramatic as his win over Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday.
Bautista Agut had won their last three hard-court matches and produced a very, very good performance, hammering the ball so flat from the baseline, chasing down everything and really dictating play while Djokovic was often reduced to trying everything to break up Bautista Agut’s rhythm. Djokovic did not have a strong serving day and he dropped the first set to Bautista Agut 4-6; during the second set he had the doctor and physio visit him on court several times, giving him medications and treating his neck (Djokovic had withdrawn from the doubles at the start of the week due to neck pain, but said a couple of days ago it was close to painless).
Djokovic took a 4-1 lead in the second set, only for Bautista Agut to break back in a seven-minute game that left Djokovic sprawling on the court. After Djokovic held for 5-4, there was a pause in play while the roof was closed due to imminent rain; when play resumed, Bautista Agut was promptly broken and the match levelled.
Furious at the timing of the roof closure, Bautista Agut broke to lead 2-1; Djokovic broke back and surged to 4-2, then served for the match only to be broken. Bautista Agut then served for the match, but with his back against the wall, Djokovic produced a flawless returning game, then played an extraordinarily good tie-break, landing an ace on each of his three serves and winning the tie-break 7-0.
Djokovic said afterwards that he didn’t know how he had won the match and that nothing in his game or his body had felt right; afterwards the ATP announced that Djokovic had felt worse after the match and that the medical team had advised him not to do press. With a confirmed Monday first-round match at the US Open, and a significant player meeting in New York on Saturday, one must wonder whether Djokovic will be fit to play the final.
Milos Raonic, meanwhile, had rolled into the fourth Masters 1000 Series final of his career (but first since 2016) some hours earlier, saving a set point in the first set against Stefanos Tsitsipas before edging it in a tie-break and dominating the second. Raonic has been so often injured and struggled for momentum over the past couple of years, his ranking consequently slipping, that it’s easy to forget just how good he is. Stringing more than a few matches together has been challenging for the past few years, but he’s playing and swinging freely in ‘Cincinnati’ this week. And yet he’s come in with form as strong against Djokovic before and been beaten – ten times in fact. If Djokovic takes the court, the best returner of all time should get the win.
Djokovic vs Raonic: Prediction
Novak Djokovic is the man to beat but is there a player in the US Open men’s singles draw in a position to do it?
US Open 2020 | 31 August-13 September | Men's singles
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We break down the men’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev lead the draw at the 2020 US Open.
US Open 2020: Preview
The 2020 US Open is being played behind closed doors, with players (hopefully) adhering to strict health and safety protocols and enclosed in a bio-security bubble. With no fans and no strolling the streets of Manhattan in the evening, some of the ATP’s top players have opted not to travel, with defending champion Rafael Nadal, five-time winner Roger Federer and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka among the absentees.
As the solitary representative of the Big Four who is a realistic prospect for the title, the trophy looks to be Novak Djokovic’s to lose, especially with the top seed coming in unbeaten in 2020 and quickly finding his feet at the ‘Cincinnati’-New York Masters. Is Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev or Dominic Thiem in a position to stop him?
US Open Draw Analysis
Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (7)
The overwhelming favourite for the title, with a 21-0 record in 2020 at the time of writing and the experience of winning 17 majors when almost every other player in the draw has yet to lift one, Djokovic is everybody’s favourite for US Open champion, especially after the way he has played at the Western & Southern Open this week.
Nothing about the draw has changed that. Djokovic opens against Damir Dzumhur and could face Kyle Edmund – who has beaten him on clay before, but is unlikely to repeat the feat on a hard court most describe as playing fast – in the second round, with Jan-Lennard Struff, whom he trounced this week in ‘Cincinnati’, a likely third-round opponent. John Isner, who has lost his last seven matches against Djokovic, could await in the last 16.
With seventh seed David Goffin facing big-serving Reilly Opelka in the first round – assuming Opelka has recovered from the knee injury that saw him retire against Tsitsipas on Wednesday – opportunity knocks for another quarterfinalist. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has been spinning his wheels in 2020, but he’s got a good opportunity here – unless Filip Krajinovic, who played brilliant tennis to reach the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals, can pull an upset.
Predicted semifinalist: Djokovic (7/25 @ 888Sport to win first quarter)
Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) vs Alexander Zverev (5)
Should it come to a quarterfinal clash between these two ATP Finals champions, it’s advantage Tsitsipas – the Greek leads the head-to-head 5-1.
He also looks much more likely to reach the last eight than Zverev. Tsitsipas has warmed up nicely with a run to the semifinals (at the time of writing) at the Western & Southern Open, and if he can safely navigate a first-round clash with savvy Spanish veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas – a former French Open quarterfinalist, but less at home at the US Open – then there are no other players in his path to really threaten before the quarterfinals.
That’s not the case for Zverev, who has to deal with former finalist Kevin Anderson in the first round, and a potential rematch with Diego Schwartzman, the tenacious Argentine who knocked him out of the US Open in the round of 16 in 2019, in the third. Big-serving Pole Hubert Hurkacz is also in this section. Overall, this looks like a clear opportunity for Tsitsipas to make a run.
Predicted semifinalist: Tsitsipas (6/5 @ Unibet to win second quarter)
Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Matteo Berrettini (6) vs Daniil Medvedev (3)
Medvedev has been at the head of a short list of contenders who could potentially challenge Djokovic for the title, and being placed in the bottom half of the draw – so he can only face Djokovic in the final – has only improved his chances. The 2019 runner-up drew on energy from the New York crowd to fuel his run to the final, and his spirited five-set challenge to Nadal; this year, he can neither draw on them, nor on the lack of expectation which was on his shoulders in 2019. How will he cope?
The Russian played a solid couple of Western & Southern Open matches, but his failure to adapt to his opponent’s tactical shift saw him lose from what looked like a firm winning position – not for the first time. In order to win this title, Medvedev needs to keep his matches short in the first week and he has the draw to do it, opening against Federico Delbonis with Guido Pella in the third round and one of last year’s surprise semifinalists, Grigor Dimitrov, possibly in the fourth – but does he have the focus?
At the top of this section, big-serving Matteo Berrettini has only played four matches so far in 2020 so is coming in incredibly light on match fitness; could the 2019 semifinalist be vulnerable to an early upset, possibly at the hands of Casper Ruud or rising Finn Emil Ruusuvuori?
It’s Andrey Rublev who’s the man to watch in this quarter. The Russian is 15-4 in 2020 and made the last 16 of last year’s US Open before losing to Berrettini. If Medvedev is to falter, Rublev is the man to take advantage – but he’s 0-3 against his compatriot.
Predicted semifinalist: Rublev (13/2 @ 888Sport to win his quarter)
Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Roberto Bautista Agut (8) vs Dominic Thiem (2)
What to make of Thiem’s US Open chances? The Austrian pushed Djokovic all the way in the Australian Open final in January, but a brutal one-sided defeat to Krajinovic at the Western & Southern Open has dented his contender status.
Perhaps it was just a fluke – Krajinovic is a very talented player who had a great week – but if Thiem has to play his way into form, that could mean lengthy matches in the first week which could drain his reserves ahead of bigger clashes in the second.
Opening against Jaume Munar, Thiem could face 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the third round, and there are a few potential challenges in the fourth: Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Canadian overdue for a solid run at a major; Andy Murray, who may have a metal hip but also has more experience winning matches than anybody else in the draw save Djokovic; and Dan Evans, who is having a career-best year.
Bautista Agut, meanwhile, impressed with a win over Medvedev to reach the Western & Southern Open semifinals, but he has a tough first round against Tennys Sandgren and looks likely to meet Milos Raonic – who leads their head-to-head 5-0 – in the third round. Another big server, like Karen Khachanov, Sam Querrey or Ivo Karlovic, could lurk for the winner of that one in the fourth. I like Raonic’s chances to make a quarterfinal run, and it looks by no means certain that he’ll meet Thiem there.
Semifinalist: Raonic (4/1 @ William Hill to win his quarter)
US Open 2020 Men’s Singles: Prediction
Semifinals: Djokovic d. Tsitsipas
Rublev vs Raonic
Final: Djokovic d. Rublev
Will it be world no. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas or former Grand Slam finalist Milos Raonic who wins through to the first Masters 1000 Series final of 2020?
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Tsitsipas vs Raonic is live from New York on Friday 28 August at 1pm local/6pm BST
Fourth-seeded Tsitsipas, the reigning ATP Finals champion, is looking to make the third Masters 1000 Series of his career and launch himself into next week’s US Open in perfect style as he takes on Raonic in Friday’s rescheduled, relocated Cincinnati Masters semifinals – not to mention avenging his Australian Open defeat to the Canadian.
Raonic, who ousted Andy Murray and battled back from the brink of defeat against Filip Krajinovic to reach the final four, will be hoping to make his first Masters 1000 Series final in over four years.
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Tsitsipas vs Raonic: Head-to-head
The two have only played once, at the Australian Open in January when Raonic beat Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(2).
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World no. 6 Tsitsipas kept himself busy during the shutdown with pursuits both on-court, where he played the Ultimate Tennis Showdown exhibition series, and off. At the Cincinnati Masters, relocated to New York and the home of the US Open this year, he landed in the quarter of the big servers and has had to beat a succession of very tall men sending down very powerful deliveries: Former US Open and Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson, John Isner and Reilly Opelka, who had knocked out sixth and ninth seeds Matteo Berrettini and Diego Schwartzman but was unable to complete a set against Tsitsipas, retiring trailing 5-6 due to a knee injury.
Tsitsipas should be well prepared, by that succession of opponents, to meet Raonic in Friday’s semifinals (originally scheduled for Thursday, but rescheduled when the tournament ‘paused’ in recognition of the reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake). In fact, 6’5” Raonic will be his second-shortest opponent of the week.
The Greek player ended 2019 in sensational style by capturing the Nitto ATP Finals title, but his Australian Open campaign was brought to an abrupt end by none other than Raonic with a straight-sets victory in the third round. Tsitsipas had bounced back before the shutdown with a runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic in Dubai and a fifth career title in Marseilles, but there’s no question he would enjoy avenging that Melbourne defeat.
Raonic, like Tsitsipas, has reached multiple Masters 1000 Series finals without (yet) winning one, but not for a while; his last title match at this level came at Indian Wells in 2016, the same year that saw him reach his first and so far only Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Raonic lost that one to Murray, but the outcome was very different when they met in New York this week, Raonic trouncing Murray 6-2, 6-2.
Raonic slipped out of the top 10 in 2017 and has not returned since, battling with injuries for lengthy periods – he missed multiple Masters 1000 Series events and Grand Slams over the past few seasons – but he remains an incredibly dangerous player, and these fast courts are helping to make his serve lethal. He had to save match point against Krajinovic, but Krajinovic has been playing absurdly well this week.