Qualifier Jeffrey John Wolf clashes with 2020 Cincinnati Masters finalist Milos Raonic in this first round fixture of the 2020 St. Petersburg Open. The match is currently scheduled to begin at around 2:20 pm local time (12:20 pm BST or 7:20 am Eastern Time) on Tuesday, October 13. Get the live streaming options of this Milos Raonic v Jeffrey John Wolf match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Milos Raonic v Jeffrey John Wolf Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players, with no prior matchups ever.
Jeffrey John Wolf comes into the match ranked 123rd in the ATP rankings, 3 spots off his best career ranking. He has a satisfactory 40-27 record on hard surfaces, and an even better 35-13 on indoor hard surfaces.
His indoor hard record for the year is also a respectable 10-2, although this is across different levels of the circuit.
Milos Raonic comes into the match ranked 21st. He also has a positive 237-110 win record on hard courts, though his record on indoor hard surfaces is a lesser impressive 91-47. However, he’s only played an indoor hard court match once this year, one which he lost in the New York Open.
Wolf’s First Decent Full Professional Year
One year after turning pro, Jeffrey John Wolf has had a decent year in tennis. He played in his first singles Grand Slam main event, where he made it all the way to the US Open third round and only lost to eventual semifinalist Daniil Medvedev, qualified for his first ATP Masters, and is now debuting in an ATP 500 tournament.
Additionally, he’s won two challenger tournaments this year: the Columbus Challenger and the Noumea Challenger. So safe to say the 21-year-old is one who tennis fans should hope to be a constant name on their lips in a few years to come.
And after coming down from a set in both of his qualifier rounds, he showed that he had the grit to come back in harder than usual situations. Now, he’ll be hoping that same grit can push him in the tournament’s main draw, especially as he comes up against one of the tournament’s seeds.
For a rising star, he should be hoping to use this tournament as a way of not only improving his ranking but proving that he’s more than just a one to watch. He may have even greater hopes of progressing to the latter stages of the tournament, but all those dreams will be put on hold when he comes up against one of Canada’s greatest players ever.
Raonic Hoping to Erase Italian and US Open Upsets
After reaching the Cincinnati Masters final, Raonic was tipped to reach similar heights in Rome and New York but suffered second-round upsets in both tournaments. Now, almost one month after losing in Rome, he’s back on one of his preferred surfaces and will surely be driven by his previous losses to rectify his mistakes.
A former champion of the tournament himself, he’ll be keen on adding to his 8 career titles, and the fact that it’s been 4 years since he won a title should be some added motivation for him to replicate the 2015 run that saw him win the St. Petersburg trophy.
Now facing a young qualifier, he should be confident of not only using this match to state his intent for the tournament but to show that he’s learned from his previous mistakes in Rome and New York.
Raonic has a vast amount of tournament experience across all levels that should easily assist him in gaining control of the match, and in his arsenal is a strong serve, one which has always proved to be an indispensable asset. Combined, both of those may be too much for a young Wolf.
Raonic v Wolf Prediction and Tip
Wolf may have a slim outside chance of progression, but all roads in this tie point to a Milos Raonic victory. If Raonic gathers control of the match early on, it should end up being as straight as an affair as any sporting matchup is supposed to be. Therefore, there is total confidence in Raonic getting the win, and some added value in him doing it within the fewest sets possible.
Tip: Raonic to win in straight sets: 4/6 (bet365)