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Milos Raonic vs. Kei Nishikori: Wimbledon Round 4 Preview

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Milos Raonic vs. Kei Nishikori: Wimbledon Round 4 Preview
Two of the most promising young talents on the ATP Tour, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori will square-off in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Tuesday. Whom do you expect to win this duel - Milos or Kei?

World No.9 Milos Raonic is finally living up to his potential as after making it through to his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open, he is now on the verge of getting through to his second Major last 8 appearance in succession. The Canadian under the watchful eyes of his coach Ivan Ljubicic has worked tremendously hard on improving his movement on court which was one of the major reasons for his lack of ability to sustain a high level of consistency during his matches.

Besides, the positioning of his feet on the ground, Raonic has also been able to solidify his weaker backhand wing. And, if that wasn’t enough his big serves and heavy forehands have allowed him to win a bucketful of free points. He is yet to drop a set at SW19 in 2014 and has been a virtual ace machine as he has sent down as many as 73 aces in his first three matches in the tournament.

In contrast, 10th seed Kei Nishikori hasn’t had such an easy time out there on the courts at the Big W. The Japanese who crushed Kenny De Schepper of France in round 1 and Denis Kudla of the United States in round 2 was engaged in an energy sapping and an absorbing five set battle with the Italian Simone Bolelli in the 3rd round. But, when the push came to shove ‘Special K’ found a way to win both the crucial fourth set tiebreaker and the fifth and the final set to reserve his place in round 4.

Head-to-Head: Nishikori, the more instinctive player on grass has a 2-0 lead over the Ontarian including a straight sets win in their recent clash on the clay of Madrid this year. But, he could arrive in this match physically tired after his epic win over Bolelli in the previous round and that could work in favour of Raonic in the contest. 

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