Milos Raonic Sets Record with 47 Aces in Three-Set Match at Queen’s Tournament

Milos Raonic Sets Record with 47 Aces in Three-Set Match at Queen’s Tournament

We don’t call it “Milos Missile” for nothing. In the first round of the Queen’s tournament on Monday, Milos Raonic hit no less than 47 aces to win against 39e world title, at the same time setting the record for the number of aces in a match played over three sets.

In his triumph of 6-7 (8), 6-3 and 7-6 (9) against the Briton Cameron Norrie, on this grass suitable for powerful servers, the Canadian at the same time surpassed the mark held since 2015 by the Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who was 45 aces.

This statistic has been officially compiled since 1991. And even if he has been among the best servers on the circuit since the start of his career, the 33-year-old Ontarian had never hit more than 40 aces in a match played in three rounds.

The feat is all the greater as Raonic has played very little since his return to competition a year ago. He had also skipped all the recent events on clay, a surface which does little to benefit his game and which is more demanding on his often injured body.

But that didn’t stop the veteran from winning two matches last week in the Netherlands, in what was his first tournament since March.

113 aces against 103

The absolute record for the number of aces in a match belongs to the American John Isner, who served 113 aces in his marathon match against the Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010.

A match played over three days, which lasted 11 hours 05 minutes, making it the longest confrontation in history. In the defeat, Mahut had, for his part, slammed 103 aces, the second highest total.

On the women’s side, the prize goes to the Czech Kristyna Pliskova, who hit 31 in a three-set loss to Puerto Rican Monica Puig in the second round of the 2016 Australian Open.

Ironically, the two players faced each other again in Luxembourg three years later, and this time Pliskova hit 28 aces – the second highest total among women – again in a losing cause.

Two seasons of 1000 aces

But Raonic, a former third in the world who fell to 186th due to injuries, also finds himself very high in other categories linked to untouchable services.

On two occasions in his career, in 2012 and 2014, the 2016 Wimbledon finalist slammed more than 1,000 aces in a single season. He is also the player who made the most during the shortened 2020 campaign, with 529.

Building on this spectacular performance, the Canadian will now face the winner of the confrontation between the American Taylor Fritz, fourth seed, and the Japanese Taro Daniel, 85th in the world, which will be played on Tuesday.

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2024-06-17 18:02:30
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