Queen’s Club 2016: Championship Prediction

Milos Raonic vs. Andy Murray

These two had a great 4 sets at the Australian Open this year.  The 5th set went quickly as Raonic dealt with an injury issue.  Roanic won Brisbane, was runner-up at Indian Wells, and reached a major semifinal coming into Queen’s Club.  Andy Murray has been runner-up at two majors in 2016 and won the Masters 1000 title in Rome.  Each man has had some nice wins in 2016, but a win would help move their narratives away from having a nice year and toward having a winning year.

There should be a nice contrast of strengths and weaknesses in this match.  Raonic has a massive serve and has shown a greater willingness to hit volleys in 2016.  Andy Murray has a strong first serve, moves well, and counter-punches with skill.  Murray has won 6 career titles on grass.  Raonic is playing in his first grass court final.  I think their match may come down to movement.  Murray is a better mover than Raonic and has more career experience on grass.

My Prediction: Andy Murray d. Milos Raonic 7-6, 6-3

 

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