Basel R1 previews and picks: Raonic vs. Johnson, Pospisil vs. Nieminen

The Grandstand

Pospisil 2Familiar foes Milos Raonic and Steve Johnson will face each other again on Tuesday in Basel. Vasek Pospisil and Jarkko Nieminen are also in first-round action.

Steve Johnson vs. (4) Milos Raonic

Raonic and Johnson will be going head-to-head for the third time in their careers and for the third time in less than three months when they collide in round one of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Tuesday. Both of their previous encounters have gone Raonic’s way; 7-6(2), 6-2 in Washington, D.C. and 6-7(7), 6-3, 7-6(4) in Cincinnati. The ninth-ranked Canadian, however, has been dealing with a virus and lost his opening matches in Shanghai (to Juan Monaco via retirement) and Moscow (to Ricardas Berankis).

While Raonic is looking to clinch a spot in the World Tour Finals, Johnson may be inspired to finish 2014 as the second-ranked American. He registers at No. 41 in the world, one place…

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