18:00 – Stepanek v Raonic Edit- Raonic’s price is now over 2.00. Be careful. Some news has perhaps moved the market.
Looks a little like planet of the apes v elftown from their photos!
Rankings are 65 and 59. They haven’t played before.
Raonic’s last 2 matches have been against Verdasco and he won both matches.
He won the South Africa Open last week so it wouldn’t have been a major surprise if his level had dropped this week as often happens to last weeks winners. How much will last night’s tough 3 setter have taken out of him?
The courts in Memphis seem pretty fast which will suit Raonic’s serve.
Stepanek has been in solid enough form although one of his recent losses was to John Isner who has a similar game to Raonic.
Raonic holds serve 88% to Stepankek’s 78%. Both are decent returners but as long as Raonic has enough “gas in the tank” then he is a massive favourite here. He is currently 1.75 on Betfair.
Back Raonic on serve. If he doesn’t seem tired I will look to leave a back bet open on him.