PREDICTING THE WINNERS
Both matches are bound to entertain people across the globe, though the first semi – Goffin vs Raonic – will surely fade in front of the much anticipated clash of two all time greats later on Saturday evening.
Raonic holds the upper hand entering the match, with his big serve and solid return you except him to trouble Goffin. The Belgian has been struggling with his serve throughout the week and this time around he may not get many looks at his opponent’s serve. Provided Goffin can come up to the net and disturb Raonic’s rhythm more often, you don’t see this match ending any different.
Raonic wins in straight sets.
No matter how eagerly the world is waiting for their 48th meeting, the fact remains that Novak Djokovic holds a heavy upper hand in this fixture. The Serb has won 9 out of their last 10 meetings and totally dismantled Rafa at Doha earlier this year. For Rafa to have any chance of pushing this one long, he needs to start off quick and do some early damage with his forehand- something that has been firing this week. The problem with Rafa against Novak has been that he tends to hand over significant lead to the Serb too early in the match. The first set is crucial for the Spaniard.
As for Novak, he is hardly doing anything wrong and you can safely bet on him to go through this one. A spirited Rafa may take a set away but there’s not much he can do to match Djokovic’s level right now.
It’ll be a surprise if you don’t see Raonic take on Djokovic in Sunday’s title clash!