Barry Cowan says Milos Raonic was immaculate on serve during his victory over Gael Monfils at the ATP World Tour Finals, and this could be the time to finally beat Novak Djokovic on Tuesday. Raonic showed no sign of the leg injury that put his place in the ATP World Tour Finals at risk when he beat debutant Monfils handsomely at the O2 Arena on Sunday. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. Wimbledon runner-up Raonic made a flying start with a 6-3 6-4 Ivan Lendl Group victory over French showman Monfils. The world No 4, standing 1.96 metres tall and weighing in at nearly 100kg, moved surprisingly smoothly, and Cowan feels his performance put down a marker for Djokovic, who looked out of sorts during his three-set victory over Dominic Thiem. Highlights of Milos Raonic v Gael Monfils at the World Tour Finals Raonic has yet to record a victory in eight matches over former world No 1 Djokovic, including defeats at Indian Wells and Madrid earlier this year.Ive always thought if there was a player that would win a Grand Slam, and I think he is very, very dangerous. In the Djokovic group, he is the player that could potentially beat Djokovic, said the Sky Sports Tennis analyst.I think its really exciting about what could happen tomorrow. He has struggled against Djokovic in the past mentally, but you have to say that now is a good a time as any if he wants to beat him. Raonic was at the Sky Pad with Mark Petchey explaining his service action, how meditation helps his relax, and why he hates eating dates Cowan also feels the Canadian must play smart tennis in order to overcome his losing streak against the Serb.I think generally Djokovic likes playing big servers, so Raonic has got to be smart tactically, hes got to serve and volley, not the whole time, but he has to especially on the second serve, he said.In the final of Indian Wells he got stuck of being in a rut on his second serve and barely won a point. It will be a bit more competitive but the memory of that defeat will be there. Raonic was delighted after kicking off his Tour Finals with an impressive win over Monfils But Milos will be saying, Marin Cilic lost 14 times in a row against Djokovic and then beat him, so why cant I?. This is as good a chance as hes ever had. Hes got to be smart and the second serve will decide whether he can keep holding onto his serve.Check our game-by-game coverage from all group matches at the ATP World Tour Finals in London - including Milos Raonic against Novak Djokovic - on skysports.com/tennis, our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportstennis. Also See: Raonic sweeps aside Monfils Raonic relieved about injury Djokovic denies temper issue Now well see the real Novak Marcedes Lewis Super Bowl Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Billy Turner Super Bowl Jersey .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. http://www.shoptheofficialpackers.com/Elite-Jimmy-Graham-Packers-Jersey/ .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals. Jace Sternberger Super Bowl Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. Mason Crosby Super Bowl Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. MILWAUKEE -- Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly has been sharply critical of his slumping team. For at least one day, everything was all right with the embattled Dodgers. Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke drove in two runs each and Ramon Hernandez hit his first home run in the Dodgers 9-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Even after the win, the Dodgers are last in the NL West at 19-26. Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2), given a 7-0 lead, allowed two runs and six hits in a season-high 7 1-3 innings. Ryu has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his 10 appearances. "The team gave me that lead, so I was really comfortable," Ryu said through an interpreter. Before the game, Mattingly expressed his unhappiness with the team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier. Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed his clubs lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight. He benched Ethier for the third time in six games and said he was "putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest." Ethier was not informed of what his manager said until after the game by a member of the teams media relations staff, and said he took no offence to the comment. "Im struggling just like everyone else here to get a grip and get a handle on whats going on here, and never losing hope of what our main goal is," Ethier said. "Which is to figure this out and turn things around. And figure out a way to get back on top of this division." Ethier said theres still time for the Dodgers to get going. "Why not?" Ethier said. "Were not out of this by far. Were right there -- I dont mean right there -- but were cclose.dddddddddddd "A good run the next month or two could put us right back where we want to be by the All-Star break. We have confidence in everyone in this room and everyone on this staff. Other than the pressure put on this team to perform right away and do whats its done is the reason why these issues are coming up." Every position player for Los Angeles except Adrian Gonzalez had at least one hit. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (3-5) gave up six runs -- four earned --and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings. "Im leaving too many pitches up, right down the middle, up in the zone," said Peralta after losing his third straight start. "Things are not happening my way." Matt Kemp hit a run-scoring single in the first, and Los Angeles sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run second. Crawford had a two-run single, and Hernandez came home on an error by shortstop Jean Segura. Peralta then issued consecutive bases-loaded walks to Van Slyke and Nick Punto, his final two batters. "(Peralta) left some balls up, but some were not hit that well and snuck between out infielders," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "His command left him a little bit." Hernandez, making just his sixth start of the season, homered off Alfredo Figaro leading off the third for his first home run since Sept. 2 for Colorado. Ryan Braun homered in the sixth for the Brewers, his first since May 10 and ninth overall. NOTES: Hernandez leads active catchers with 160 homers. ... The Brewers are 1-6 on Wednesdays. ... Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse will miss his next scheduled turn in the rotation because irritation in his throwing elbow. Mike Fiers (1-2) is slated to start in place of Lohse (1-5) on Saturday against visiting Pittsburgh. ' ' '
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