St. Petersburg QF previews and picks: Raonic vs. Robredo, Thiem vs. Istomin

The Grandstand

Thiem 1Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem will continue their St. Petersburg campaigns on Friday. They are set for respective quarterfinal meetings with Tommy Robredo and Denis Istomin.

(5) Tommy Robredo vs. (2) Milos Raonic

Raonic has mostly been an afterthought on tour since a foot injury began troubling him after the Madrid Masters. The Canadian missed the French Open before getting bounced out during third-round action in each of the next two Grand Slams. But indoor hard courts should help Raonic rely on his booming serve and keep points short. The second seed had no trouble of any kind in his debut match at the St. Petersburg Open on Thuesday, cruising past Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-4 while firing 13 aces without a single double-fault.

Up next for Raonic is a fifth career encounter with Robredo. The head-to-head series stands at a perfect 4-0 in favor of Raonic, who is 2-0 at…

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