38 aces of Raonic

Milos Raonic‘s [59] fairytale continues… The young Canadian after winning a tournament in San Jose, went to Memphis where in the first round played with his San Jose’s final opponent – Fernando Verdasco. Raonic won again, this time in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 7-6) being two points away from defeat at 5:5 in the final tie-break. Today he impressed with an astonishing service performance against the Czech veteran Radek Stepanek [65]. Admittedly Raonic lost the 2nd set after wasting four match points (6:5, 8:7, *9:8, 10:9), but didn’t bother too much, stayed cool and in the final set was serving as good as in the two previous sets or even better. He prevailed the more than two-and-half-hour battle, firing 38 aces (11, 13, 14 respectively) – it is the fourth best ace-record for  “the best of three” match; here are the five matches in which players delivered the most aces in these circumstances:
44 aces – Mark Philippoussis, beat Byron Black 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4 – Kuala Lumpur ’95
43 aces – Mardy Fish, lost to Olivier Rochus 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 6-7(15) – Lyon ’07
40 aces – Goran Ivanisevic, beat Magnus Norman 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 7-5 – Zagreb ’97
38 aces – Ivo Karlovic, beat Tomas Berdych 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 7-6(13) – Basel ’07
38 aces – Milos Raonic, beat Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-7(10), 7-6(1) – Memphis ’11
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2 Responses to 38 aces of Raonic

  1. steve says:

    The top four were all on carpet right?

    Milos has the record for hardcourts if we make that distinction

  2. Voo de Mar says:

    The top three were on carpet (indoors), Karlovic and Raonic on hard (indoors), but we’d give Raonic the edge because Karlovic against Berdych played 123 points on serve, Raonic today 116.

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