Milos Raonic vs Marcos Baghdatis live streaming, preview and tips: Former Indian Wells Masters runner-up Raonic targets quarterfinals

Hannah Wilks in ATP 14 Mar 2018
  • 2016 Indian Wells Masters runner-up Milos Raonic takes on Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round
  • Raonic vs Baghdatis BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Wednesday at 8.30pm local/3.30am GMT
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Milos Raonic bids to make his fourth straight quarterfinal at the Indian Wells Masters as he takes on Marcos Baghdatis in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

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Sidelined by injury in recent months, 2016 Indian Wells Masters runner-up Milos Raonic bids for a place in the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open – but he’ll have to beat Marcos Baghdatis to get it. 

Raonic owns a great 16-6 record at Indian Wells and has made the quarterfinals or better on his last three appearances, finishing in the quarterfinals in 2014 (losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov), the semifinals in 2015 (losing to Roger Federer) and the third Masters 1000 Series final of his career in 2016 (losing to Novak Djokovic). 

But the Canadian missed the 2017 edition of the tournament entirely as he struggled with a right leg injury which ultimately impacted and then truncated his season. Raonic, who had hit a career-high ranking of world no. 3 in 2016 after making his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon as well as finishing runner-up at the Indian Wells and Paris Masters, winning Brisbane and reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open, could never really get going in 2017 – he made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon but was hampered by injury in both when he got there, made 250 finals in Delray Beach and Istanbul but lost both (he wasn’t even able to take the court at the former), and after Wimbledon played only three more events, missing in total four Masters Series events in 2017.

It’s been a major struggle for Raonic to start 2018, as well: Coming into Indian Wells, he was just 1-3, with first-round defeats to Alex de Minaur and Lukas Lacko (in five sets) in Brisbane and at the Australian Open respectively before he got his first win of the season over Taro Daniel in Delray Beach, only to lose to Steve Johnson in the next round. 

Perhaps Raonic wishes he had gone the Kei Nishikori route of playing a Challenger or two for match fitness before taking on ATP World Tour events, but either way he has won the first back-to-back matches of his season at Indian Wells, beating compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets in the second round before defeating Joao Sousa, who had knocked out Alexander Zverev, in three. Reaching the round of 16 at Indian Wells will have done Raonic a great deal of good, as well as his plummeting ranking – he’s currently down to world no. 40. 


Marcos Baghdatis  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
But the Canadian will also know that he has a great opportunity to make it back to the Indian Wells quarterfinal, thanks to the collapsing men’s draw – instead of either Diego Schwartzman or Kyle Edmund, his projected seeded opponents, he faces Marcos Baghdatis, a gifted and dangerous player to be sure but one whose best days are behind him.

Baghdatis was a quarterfinalist at Indian Wells all the way back in 2006, but has only won back-to-back matches twice in the intervening years and didn’t even play in 2016 or 2017. The Cypriot, ranked as high as world no. 8 back in 2006, is currently down at world no. 102, outside the top 100 as he has been all too often over the past decade. A top-50 player as recently as the beginning of 2017, average results saw Baghdatis’s ranking plummet and when he failed to defend his fourth-round finish at the US Open, losing in the first round, he was outside the top 100, although he briefly broke back in after reaching his 14th ATP World Tour final in Chengdu. 

Baghdatis’s ranking has started to climb again in 2018 after reaching the second round of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals in Sofia, but his run at Indian Wells will really help his ranking – first qualifying for the first Masters 1000 Series of the year by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis, Vincent Millot and Ricardas Berankis, then beating Yoshihito Nishioka, the in-form Diego Schwartzman and Dudi Sela to make the round of 16. Those are good wins; it’s also not the kind of opposition one should have to go through to make the fourth round of a Masters 1000 Series, so this is a huge opportunity for Baghdatis.

Raonic and Baghdatis have played four times with the Canadian owning a healthy 3-1 advantage in the head-to-head despite the fact that their first three meetings came in 2011-12, and having won the only subsequent match 7-6(7), 6-3 in Washington last summer. The courts at Indian Wells are slower – better for Baghdatis – and should play well for returners, but there is a concern when it comes to the Cypriot that he has already played six matches over the past two weeks to get to this point. Is the oft-injured 32-year-old’s body up to another? 

This is also a concern for Raonic, of course, who has played so little tennis of late (this is the first time he’s had to play three matches in a row since Washington last summer) but the Canadian can and indeed must rely on his big weapons to minimize movement as much as possible. It’s not as straightforward a match as it appears, with Raonic’s form and fitness still such an unknown, but if the former world no. 6 is in anything like decent shape, he should be making a fourth straight Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal in fairly short order. 


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