Raonic knows his way around a grass court; specifically, the grass courts at Wimbledon.
For fourth time in five years – and third consecutive year – the 27-year-old Canadian is into the quarterfinals at The Championships, having notched a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 win over unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald in the fourth round.
“It’s good,” said Raonic on how he rated his efforts against the World No. 103 today. “I was more aggressive. I led off sort of how I came back on Saturday [against Dennis Novak] to finish off that third match. I’m pretty happy with things.
“I missed a few opportunities in the third set,” he added. “Then I just sort of let up a little bit, and he played well in that tiebreaker. Other than that, it was a pretty clean match. I didn’t face any breakpoints, I don’t believe. I did a lot of things well.”
Indeed, Raonic was his typical dominant self on his own serve, striking a whopping 37 aces and hitting 74 winners to just 29 unforced errors. His exceptional stats sheet was capped off with four crucial breaks of the McDonald serve, compared to none for his opponent – having not once faced break point in the match.
Up next for the 2016 finalist is fellow serving behemoth John Isner. Isner is into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time following a straight-sets defeat of #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.
[It’s] going to come down to one, two, three points here and there,” said Raonic of the upcoming match with Isner. “That’s pretty much it. I don’t think we’re going to have many consecutive opportunities on each other’s serves. It’s going to be coming down to those moments about being sharp in the right moments, who is going to be able to step up, be the one that’s able to dictate, putting more pressure on the other guy.”
Raonic will play Isner for a spot in the semifinals on Wednesday.
(Feature photo: Mauricio Paiz)