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guards Julyan Stone and Carlos Morais - vying for it. Its still too early to say whe
» guards Julyan Stone and Carlos Morais - vying for it. Its still too early to say whether one has
11-07-2018, 10:36 AM
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guards Julyan Stone and Carlos Morais - vying for it. Its still too early to say whe
Milos Raonic showed no after-effects of a recent injury as he beat Gael Monfils in straight sets at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Custom France Jerseys . Raonic withdrew from his Paris Masters semi-final against Andy Murray just over a week ago due to a torn quadricep and there had been fears he would not be able to complete his first match at The O2.However, the world No 4 dominated Monfils with his powerful serving and claimed a 6-3 6-4 victory in one hour, 24 minutes. Raonic reflects on his win over Monfils Shot of the matchIt may not have prevented him losing the opening set - or the match - but Monfils no-look drop shot was pure theatre. Monfils audacious no-look drop shot was the shot of the match Expert analysisPeter Fleming: Two questions succinctly answered by Milos Raonic: One, hes fit after his recent injury problems, and two, hes retained the form that took him to the semi-finals in Paris. He is a real threat. For Gael Monfils, it just didnt happen for him. He just needs to bring a little more artillery to the court.Greg Rusedski: The mix of serving, the aggression coming forward - the court suits him [Raonic]. People have asked me, Who can win this other than Andy and Novak? People have said Stan, but I now think Milos. Milos Raonic explains his serve at the Sky Pad after beating Gael Monfils The matchFears over Raonics fitness were swiftly allayed when he raced into a one-set lead thanks largely to wildly contrasting serving from the two players.While Raonic won 85 per cent of points on his first serve and 75 per cent on his second, Monfils won just 59 per cent on his first and dug an even deeper hole for himself by sending down two ill-timed double-faults. Monfils struggled with his serve against Raonic He finally kicked himself into life with a no-look drop shot and a jumping smash in the sixth game, but by then he was 4-1 down and the set was already all but lost.Monfils managed to get to 3-3 in the second set, but his serving continued to deteriorate - now down at just a 45 per cent success rate on his first serve - and Raonic decisively punished him by breaking in the seventh game.Watch every day of the ATP World Tour Finals, from November 13-20, live on Sky Sports. Full schedule here. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Also See: Djokovic wins O2 opener Djokovic denies temper issue World Tour Finals on Sky Sports Shots to watch at the O2 Paul Pogba France Jersey . After two months of mediocrity, perhaps the Washington Nationals have turned the page. Strasburg struck out 11 in seven innings Wednesday night and the Nationals kept the Philadelphia Phillies bats quiet yet again in an 8-4, rain-interrupted win. 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They were so comfortable with their defence that when Orlando made its only run of the game late in the third quarter, the reserves stayed on the floor and finished out the game. "Thats the 14th time weve held a team under 40 per cent so weve got to get some recognition as far as the way we defend," Golden State Coach Mark Jackson said. "We defended from the opening jump and were really locked in the whole night." The win was Golden States sixth straight, the first time the Warriors have won that many in a row in six years. Klay Thompson scored 15 points, Kent Bazemore had 12 and Marreese Speights 10 for Golden State, which survived a rash of turnovers (17) to shoot 48.8 per cent for the game. "It starts defensively when we get stops," said Stephen Curry, who had nine points, eight assists and five rebounds, but sat out the fourth quarter along with the rest of the Warriors starters. "That leads to better offensive possessions and its fun. Were enjoying ourselves out there." 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The Warriors used a 16-2 run in the middle of the first quarter to take a 22-10 lead and never let the advantage get under 10 the rest of the game. Sparked by Nelsons two 3-pointers, the Magic pulled to 74-59 at the end of the third quarter. Harris layup to start the fourth quarter made it a 13-point game, but that was as close as Orlando could come. Golden State shut the Magic down early, trapping Orlando ballhandlers and making the Magic take many attempts late in the shot clock. Orlando shot 38.2 per cent for the game. NOTES: Vucevic injured his left ankle in the first quarter after stepping on Andrew Boguts foot. Vucevic injured the same ankle earlier this season and missed four games. ... Golden State last won six in a row in 2007. ... The Warriors are 5-1 against the East this season. ... The Magic have lost nine straight to West teams. 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