Milos Raonic vs Sam Querrey ATP Indian Wells tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Fit-again Raonic seeks third straight Indian Wells semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP 16 Mar 2018
  • Milos Raonic vs Sam Querrey is live from Indian Wells on Friday, 16 March from 12:00pm local time/ 8:00pm DST
  • Raonic and Querrey are locked at 2-2 in previous career meetings
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
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Milos Raonic attempts to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in his third straight visit when he takes on American, Sam Querrey on Friday.

Milos Raonic vs Sam Querrey ATP BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Friday, 16 March from 12:00pm local time/ 8:00pm DST 
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Canadian, Raonic is on the comeback trail, having suffered injury problems for most of last season. Indian Wells was one of the major casualties of his injury-riddled 2017, with a right leg injury costing him his spot at the tournament, and after an extended spell of poor results, he has once again found joy in his happy-hunting ground in California, standing one win away from a return to the semi-finals. 

Raonic first reached the Indian Wells semis in 2015, famously beating Rafael Nadal before falling to Roger Federer, while he went one step better in 2016, making the final before falling to Novak Djokovic. At that point, the former world number three looked well on course for a lengthy stay in the top ten, a believe buttressed by a runner-up finish at Wimbledon later in the year; but he ran into injury problems in 2017, slipping out of the top-20 by the end of the season. 

2017 actually began well-enough for Raonic, who reached the quarter finals at the Australian Open (lost to Nadal having beaten the Spaniard in Brisbane), and advanced to the final at Delray Beach, but that was where his problems started, as he pulled out of the title match against Jack Sock with a hamstring injury. While he compiled a few good results after that, like his quarter final at Wimbledon and a runner-up finish in Istanbul, he never really got going for the rest of the year. The Canadian missed the US Open following wrist surgery, and an attempted return in Tokyo was terminated by a calf problem, with the 27-year-old retiring from his second-round meeting with Yuichi Sugita after just one game. That proved to be the final straw, as Raonic pulled the plug on his campaign soon after that.

The Canadian did not have much joy in the opening weeks of 2018, winning just one match in his three tournaments pre-Indian Wells, and falling perilously close to dropping outside the top-40 for the first time since February 2011. Raonic crashed to opening round defeats to Alex De Minaur and Lukas Lacko in Brisbane and the Australian Open respectively, before getting off the mark against Taro Daniel at Delray Beach. He couldn’t build on that, as he fell to Steve Johnson in the second round. However, he has made the most of a kind draw to pick up some useful wins and points at Indian Wells, taking out Felix Auger-aliassime and Joao Sousa, and profiting from the retirement of Marcos Baghdatis to reach the quarter finals.  


While Raonic is competing in his fourth Indian Wells quarter final, his next opponent, Sam Querrey is in uncharted territory, having never previously been this far in the tournament. 

Sam Querrey. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
His best had been a couple of fourth-round appearances in 2011 and 2013. In fact, Querrey has already won more matches at Indian Wells this year than he had done in the last four years combined. The American registered a cumulative two victories in his last four visits to the BNP Paribas Open, but he has now picked up three wins in 2018 to reach the last eight for the first time. 

Again, it has not been the toughest draw, which is understandable, given the injury bug affecting the top order of the men’s game. Querrey opened his tournament with a straight-sets victory over out-of-sorts German, Mischa Zverev, before battling through a three-set win against unheralded Indian, Yuki Bhambri. He scored arguably his most impressive win of the week in his third-round dispatch of Spanish veteran, Feliciano Lopez, who had taken out Jack Sock so impressively in the previous round.

“It's the best I played so far. My first-serve percentage was a little low. But other than that, I did everything really well. Really aggressive. I thought I returned pretty well against the guy. He's got a tough serve”, said Querrey after the match.

The results haven’t always been as good this season- yes, he reached the final in New York, but he suffered a disappointing defeat to Marton Fucsovics in the second round of the Australian Open, and crashed to opening round exits in Auckland, Delray Beach and Acapulco. His short-comings in Mexico dragged him out of the top-20 following his failure to defend points he had accrued from winning the title in 2017. 

To be fair, four of his five defeats so far this year have come in final set tie breaks, so perhaps a little bit of luck here or there, and things may have turned out differently. He has certainly had an upturn in results at Indian Wells!

Querrey is competing in just his fourth Masters 1000 quarter final- his first since Paris in 2012- and he stands an excellent chance of progressing into his first semi-final at this level when he takes on Milos Raonic for the fifth time. The head-to-head is split at 2-2, with Querrey winning the first two instalments, and Raonic hitting back to take the later two, including a four-set victory in their most recent encounter at Wimbledon 2016.

Raonic has done well to cast aside his injury problems to get this far, but he hasn’t faced this level of opposition for some time; and could be found wanting on Friday. Raonic’s greatest weapon is his big serve, but Querrey can negate that with big-serving of his own, and his overall match sharpness should be good enough to earn the American the win over his Canadian rival.

Milos Raonic vs Sam Querrey is live from Indian Wells on Friday, 16 March from 12:00pm local time/ 8:00pm DST
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Milos Raonic vs Sam Querrey ATP Indian Wells tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Fit-again Raonic seeks third straight Indian Wells semi-final

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