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16 Jan 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Australian Open – Stan Wawrinka vs Milos Raonic Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Stan Wawrinka vs Milos Raonic taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Stan Wawrinka vs Milos Raonic on and what time does it start? Thursday 17th January, 2019 – not before 01:15

What channel is Stan Wawrinka vs Milos Raonic on in the UK? This match will be televised on Eurosport (Sky channels 410 & 411)

Where can I stream Stan Wawrinka vs Milos Raonic in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Stan Wawrinka vs Milos Raonic? https://ausopen.com/tickets?da...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

STAN WAWRINKA

  • Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was handed a lucky break after going a set down to Latvian Ernests Gulbis in the first round before his opponent retired in the second.
  • The Swiss made his comeback at last year’s Australian Open after a series of knee operations but fell away to youngster Tennys Sandgren before improving his form for the year to end on 17-17 and ranked 66th.
  • Wawrinka, now world number 59, has a 4-2 head-to-head record against Milos Raonic but notably the Canadian has won the previous two, with both of those on hard courts.

MILOS RAONIC

  • World number 17 Milos Raonic is on his way back up to the top 10 after a bad dip in form early in 2018 and showed great intent in his dominant display over gifted Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the first-round.
  • Raonic’s 2018 record of 32-15 is promising for his return to the best of his abilities, but he had lost six of his last eight prior to his Australian Open campaign.
  • Raonic’s 2-4 head-to-head with his second round opponent Stan Wawrinka is deceptive, with both the Canadian’s victories coming at Grand Slams; the Australian Open in 2016 and last year’s US Open in straight sets.

THE PREDICTION

It will be a shame to have met so early in the draw for the loser of this second round tie, having both gone through a difficult spell within the last year and now coming back into form. It is easy to forget Wawrinka’s pedigree; he is a three-time Grand Slam champion after all, but his recent surgeries have started to spell the end of his career at the top of the game. Raonic fits the bill of several talented players within the last decade who are unlucky to have been playing in the time of tennis heavyweights, but he can go further in this competition than Wawrinka if he keeps his nerve. RAONIC IN FOUR SETS.

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