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Glass Half-Full For Raonic After Murray Loss

July 11,2016 01:07

As the only Canadian inside the Top 40 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, he's found himself receiving local support at tournaments across the world. “It's not just the support here, it's the support wherever I go to play tennis,” said Raonic. “The ...


Although Milos Raonic was disappointed to lose to Andy Murray on Sunday at Wimbledon, he’s taking the positives from his two weeks at the All England Club.
The sixth seed achieved a career breakthrough by reaching his maiden Grand Slam final, but Murray was able to get the Canadian’s booming serves back into play and control the baseline rallies. Although Raonic said he didn’t produce his best tennis, he was full of praise for Murray’s play.
“I think I did the best I could,” said Raonic. “I tried coming forward, putting pressure on him. He was playing much better than me off the baseline. I was probably a little too passive at the start of the match on his service games. I was keeping up with him, but then when it counted, I wasn't able to get on top… Nerves are part of it, but my nerves are no different than his.”

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Although most of the Centre Court crowd was understandably behind the Brit, there was also plenty of applause for Raonic's good shots and encouragement to extend the match further. As the only Canadian inside the Top 40 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, he’s found himself receiving local support at tournaments across the world.
“It's not just the support here, it's the support wherever I go to play tennis,” said Raonic. “The appreciation for tennis in Canada has considerably grown, just for Canadians in general all over the world. There's always a big contingency, a big showing up. It's a great honour to have that.”
After taking a moment to soak in what he’s achieved these past two weeks, Raonic will begin preparing for the Rogers Cup in his hometown of Toronto and keep an eye towards the US Open. Although the US Open is the only Grand Slam that Raonic hasn’t reached the quarter-finals of, his current form and the possibility of John McEnroe working with him for another major means that the Canadian is a strong contender to reach the final Sunday in New York City.
“The only thing I could ever regret is if I didn't do everything I can to make myself return to this position again,” said Raonic. "I'm going to work on everything. I'm not going to leave any stone unturned. I'm going to try to get fitter, stronger. I'm going to try to improve my return game, improve my serve, improve my efficiency coming forward. There's not one thing that I'm not going to try to improve.”

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