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Alexandr Dolgopolov and Milos Raonic are both first-time quarterfinalists here at Indian Wells. Both players pulled off big upsets to reach this stage. This was supposed to be the marquee matchup between Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, but that is why they play the matches.
Dolgopolov took down Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) in the second round. After taking out Nadal, he beat Fabio Fognini (13) 6-2, 6-4. The Ukrainian comes in with a 14-7 record on the year
Raonic's serve has carried him to this point. He has won 72 percent or more of his service points in every match. He has one of the biggest serves on tour and his 59 aces through three matches back that up.
He took out Andy Murray last round 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Raonic came into Indian Wells with a record of just 2-1 because of an ankle injury he suffered at the Australian Open. However, he has looked great since shaking off the rust in his first-round scare.
Surprisingly, this will be the first meeting between the two. It should be a great match between two evenly matched opponents. Look for the Raonic serve to be the difference-maker in the end.
Raonic in three