Australian Open 2015: Novak Djokovic vs Milos Raonic match preview

A look ahead to the quarter-final match in the men’s singles

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The Independent Online

Novak Djokovic has been clinical since the beginning of the Australian Open and reached his eighth consecutive quarter-final in Melbourne without dropping a set.

With just three matches between him and his fifth Australian Open trophy, the big question is whether anyone can stop him?

The next man to try end his flawless passage will be Milos Raonic. The Canadian prodigy will have to rely on his huge serve, which carried him through the draw so far against players like Feliciano Lopez and Benjamin Becker.

What should make the encounter interesting is the fact the two players know each other very well, and even spar together in Monte Carlo where they both live.

However, on the professional scene it is Djokovic who holds an advantage. In their four clashes to date 'Nole' has lost just one set.

The winner will face either Stan Wawrinka of Kei Nishikori in the semi-final.

 

Start: Wednesday, Rod Laver Arena, 8.30 am GMT

PAST MEETINGS…

2014 – Paris (Hard) Djokovic won 6-2, 6-3

2014 - Roland Garros (Clay) Djokovic won 7-5, 7-6, 6-4

2014 – Rome (Clay) Djokovic won 6-7, 7-6, 6-3

STATS…

Djokovic reached his 23rd Grand Slam quarter-final in a row.

This will be Raonic’s first appearance in the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

Djokovic has dropped 41 games in the first four rounds, while Raonic – 61.

Raonic had the most aces in the tournament after four rounds (99). He needs to serve another seven against Djokovic to overcome the current leader - Nick Kyrgios.

Raonic is the first Canadian to reach an Australian Open quarter-final since 1968.

ODDS…

Djokovic to win 1.11

Raonic to win 5.50

TV: British Eurosport

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