2nd set: Quite an even 2nd set so far between Nadal & Raonic. No breaks of serve, 4-4.
Milos Raonic is set to take on Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. With the top two seeds — Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic — out of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of 2017 is there for the taking.
Raonic advanced to the Australian Open quarter-final for the third straight year with a four-set victory over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. Nadal advanced with a hard-fought victory over world Gael Monfils.
Raonic and Nadal have met eight times, with the Spaniard winning six. However, Raonic has bested Nadal in two of their last three meetings — including winning 19 days ago in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Raonic has yet to win a major championship but had a successful 2016, appearing in the semifinals at the Australian Open as well as in the final in Wimbledon. Both of those eventual loses came against world No. 1 Andy Murray — who was recently upset by 50th ranked Mischa Zverev.
Nadal, on the other hand, has won 14 career Grand Slam titles but hasn’t hoisted a major trophy since the 2014 French Open. The 30-year-old won the Australian Open once in his career (2009).