|Two months after Milos Raonic (pictured) and Roger Federer met for the first time on a tennis court, the two will hook up again. (REUTERS)
Milos Raonic is hoping the sequel has a better ending.
Two months after he met Roger Federer for the first time on a tennis court, the two will hook up again in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Masters Wednesday. Federer needed three sets to beat Raonic in the third round of the tournament in Indian Wells, Calif, in mid-March.
"It's these kind of moments that I want to be in, these kind of opportunities I want to have," Raonic said on tennistv.com. "I feel good going into it and I'm playing well. It was a close match (last time) and I felt like I oculd have done a few things better. Hopefully I'm able to do that (Wednesday)."
The 21-year-old Canadian set up his rematch with one of tennis's legendary players by downing Argentine David Nalbandian 6-4, 6-4 in the first round Tuesday in Madrid. Raonic, ranked 23rd in the world, needed just 74 minutes to beat the former world No. 3, ripping off 16 aces en route to winning all his first-serve points.
"My serve is the biggest part of my game," Raonic said. "I felt I served well and was able to stay in control and dictate and obviously (it) gave me a lot of opportunities. I took care of what I needed to take care of."
In first-round doubles play Tuesday, Raonic and Viktor Troicki of Serbia lost 6-4, 6-4 to Spaniards Marcel Granolles and Marc Lopez.