Albert Ramos did a good effort but he wasn't able to deal with Raonic's serve, so he was always in pressure when he was serving. In addition, he was more defensive than Raonic in a surface that doesn't allow players to win points from defence, but in fact Ramos was defensive as a consecuence of Raonic's excellent serve so it is more of the same.
__________________ Kenny de Schepper fact of the month (January 2015): never lost a match against the Big 4 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray), something that can't be told by none of the TOP 30 players of the year-end 2014 ATP rankings.
"Matches are won and lost so many times in the locker room. Guys get in their mind how strong he is the warm-ups and that they will have to endure four hours of that to beat him: they are beaten even before they step on court. But that's why I like him. He basically says you are going to have to kill me to beat me."Lleyton Hewitt about Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal: The King of Clay. The Warrior. The Mental Giant.
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Milos didn't play very well at all beyond his serve. He just can't seem to help playing down to his competition, which is why I was disappointed when I heard Spain wasn't sending a top 20 player. Still, it's a victory. I just hope he'll start playing better soon. Has a lot of points to defend over the next month.
Not pretty but at least it's a win. This was supposed to be the 'weaker' Spanish opponent and he lost a set, so maybe we should be worried about Sunday's match vs Granollers (or perhaps GGL?). I really hope he gets those forehand errors under control soon.
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