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I'd definitely think about backing him to win his quarter, but I don't think he's anywhere near worth backing to win the tournament. I'd want much bigger odds than those that are available and even then I'd probably leave it because I just can't see him ever winning a slam. His record against all the best players is dismal and he's on a long streak of losses in finals on tour. He's still far too reliant on his serve and if that goes AWOL winning matches becomes exponentially harder for him, he remains injury-prone so stringing lots of wins together has been nearly impossible since his last tournament win four years ago and then there's what seems to be obvious mental demons when it comes to playing the best players - players you normally need to beat to win a slam.

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The key points being in the crunch moments of set 2 and 3, his serve deserted him and the points Djokovic won to get the breaks were actually won by Raonic in the form of unforced errors. Like I was saying, it's small margins at the top. Raonic played well other than those key games, but it's those key games that separate the wheat from the chaff in elite sport.

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