Raonic and Del Potro duel for Japan Open championship
Milos Raonic, left, is hoping to win his second straight ATP tournament but will have to topple Juan Del Potro to do so. (CP file photos)
Published Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:19PM EDT
Milos Raonic takes to the court at 1 a.m. EST Sunday morning in hopes of winning his second-straight ATP tournament, as he faces off against the Argentinian Juan Del Potro for the Japan Open championship.
Raonic - who spent his formative years in Montreal at the national tennis centre at Jarry Park after it opened in 2007 - won the Thailand Open last week, as well as the San Jose tournament earlier this year.
He is expected to be ranked 10th in the world when the next weekly list comes out. He also reached the finals last year in Tokyo, but lost to Kei Nishikora.
Both big serving giants – the 25-year-old Del Potro is 6’6” (2.01 m) and Raonic is 6’4” (1.96 m) – aim for easy points on the ace.
Raonic, 22, won the only previous match between the two in straight sets. He has won his last eight matches and has only lost one set in the process.
Del Potro has had a harder time winning his matches but is still considered the favourite due to his higher ranking.
Del Potro blasted a dozen aces against Nicolas Almoagro top get to the finals and won 75 percent of his points on serve in the match. Delpo, as he is known, has earned $2.4 million in prize money while going 35-12 on the year. He is also seeking his third title of 2013.
Del Potro was ranked a career-best fourth in 2010 but missed considerable amount of time with a wrist injury.
Raonic is 37-17 this year and has earned $1.3 million in prize money.