Milos Raonic “Tennis Tuesday”

Uploaded by on Mar 15, 2011

In season three, episode 10, ATP World Tour Uncovered catches up with Canadian young gun Milos Raonic.

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From Wikipedia:

Milos Raonic (play /ˈmlʃ ˈrnɪ/ mee-lohsh row-nich;[3][4] Montenegrin: Милош Раонић, Miloš Raonić [mǐloʃ rǎonitɕ]; born December 27, 1990) is a Canadian professional tennis player from Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.[1][5]

Born in what is now Podgorica, Montenegro, Raonic moved to Canada with his family at the age of 3.[5] Raonic is Canada’s highest ATP ranked male singles player since computer rankings began in 1973. He qualified for his first grand slam event at the 2010 U.S. Open. In 2011 he rose from World No. 152 to No. 37 in a month, after he reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and won his first ATP title at the 2011 SAP Open. Raonic, who prefers to play on hard courts, plays an all-court game but is most notable for his serve, which is powerful and accurate. Since late autumn of 2010 he has been coached by former Spanish pro player Galo Blanco in Barcelona.

Raonic serving at the 2011 Australian Open

[edit] 2011

Raonic started 2011 playing qualifying matches for the 2011 Aircel Chennai Open where he lost in the qualifying round against Édouard Roger-Vasselin. Next, he successfully qualified for the 2011 Australian Open. He won his first round match against German Björn Phau in three sets, his first victory in a main draw Grand Slam match.[13] In the second round he defeated No. 22 seed Michaël Llodra of France, again in three sets, becoming the first Canadian man in 10 years to reach the third round of a singles Grand Slam.[14] He then knocked out the Russian World No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny in four sets to reach the fourth round, the first qualifier to make the 4th round of a Grand Slam since 1999.[15] Playing his next match at the Hisense Arena, he fell to World No. 7 David Ferrer after he lost the last three sets, despite winning the first.[16]

Despite the loss, Raonic received rave reviews for his performance at the Australian Open, such as when John McEnroe referred to Raonic as “the real deal” on Twitter,[17] or the BBC‘s reference to Raonic as part of “a new generation”.[18] Martina Navratilova referred to Raonic as “a new star” saying that “the sky is the limit” for the young tennis player,[19] and the Sydney Morning Herald referred to Raonic as a “future superstar”.[20]

Two weeks later, Raonic began play at the SAP Open tournament. After upsetting No. 4 seed Xavier Malisse in the first round in two sets, he then beat James Blake, again in two sets.[21] After beating Ričardas Berankis in the quarterfinal match 6–4, 7–6, he reached ATP tournament semifinals for the first time in his career. Raonic advanced to his first final of an ATP tournament when the No. 2 seed Gaël Monfils defaulted in the semifinals citing a wrist injury.[22] In the final, Milos beat 1st seeded Fernando Verdasco 7–6, 7–6, winning his first ATP title, and became the first Canadian player to win an ATP singles tournament since Greg Rusedski in 1995 (before Rusedski started representing Great Britain).[23]

Raonic received a wild card into the main singles draw of the following week’s 2011 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Interestingly, he opened against Fernando Verdasco, the player he had just faced two days earlier, and prevailed again, this time in three sets. Milos next defeated Radek Štěpánek also in three sets, serving a career-high 38 aces in the process.[24] After defeating qualifier Robert Kendrick in the quarter-finals, again losing the second set before prevailing, Raonic continued his unbeaten run, defeating No. 4 seed Mardy Fish in the semis, once again despite dropping the second set. He lost a closely contested final, however, to No. 1 seed and two-time Memphis champion Andy Roddick 6–7, 7–6, 5–7, with Roddick making a diving forehand to win break point, on his fifth championship point for the match.[25] Raonic’s performance in this tournament elevated him to yet another career high ranking of World No. 37, making him the highest-ranked Canadian male singles player in ATP Rankings history.[26]

Raonic won both his singles Davis Cup rubbers against Mexico on clay as well as the doubles tie together with Vasek Pospisil to advance Canada to the second round.[27]

He was given a wild card berth for the Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament main draw,[28] where he lost to Ryan Harrison in the third round after wins over Marsel İlhan and Mardy Fish in the first two rounds.

Raonic started the clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament by winning over Michaël Llodra and Ernests Gulbis before falling to 4th seed and eventual finalist David Ferrer in the third round.[29] After the tournament, Raonic rose to a new career-high ranking of 28, his first time in the top 30. It is also his 7th week in the top 50. He reached third round at the 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, and advanced to the semifinals at the 2011 Estoril Open (5th seeded there, he disposed of Igor Andreev in the first round, of João Sousa in the second round, and upset Gilles Simon in the quarterfinal before retiring due to a back injury against Fernando Verdasco 4–6 0–0).

On grass courts, Raonic’s reached quarterfinals at the 2011 Gerry Weber Open by taking out both Pablo Andujar and Tobias Kamke in straight sets before losing to Philipp Petzschner in three. In doubles with partner Robin Hasse, he reached his first ATP World Tour doubles final. The pair lost to Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (the nicknamed “Indo-Pak Express“) 9–11 in the deciding tie-break. At Wimbledon 31st seeded Milos advanced to the second round after disposing of Marc Gicquel. However in his second round match Raonic had to retire after winning 3 games in the first set due to injury.

Tennis Canada announced that Raonic underwent hip surgery. Raonic returned to action following the US Open, where he was defeated by Israel’s Amir Weintraub in Canada’s Davis Cup matchup. He reached the semifinals at 2011 If Stockholm Open (lost to Gaël Monfils).

[edit] 2012

On January 8 he won his second ATP title at the 2012 Aircel Chennai Open in Chennai, India, defeating Janko Tipsarević in the final 6–7, 7–6, 7–6. Raonic did not drop serve during the tournament, becoming the first player to do so since Roger Federer at the 2008 Gerry Weber Open. Later in January, Raonic advanced to the third round of the 2012 Australian Open, disposing of Filippo Volandri of Italy and Philipp Petzschner of Germany. He was beaten by Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 1 set to 3 (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 3-6) in 3 hours 6 minutes after going to deuce (5) for the match point. On February 19 in San Jose, California, Raonic won his third ATP title and second SAP Open in a row, defeating Dennis Istomin 7-6, 6-2.[30]

[edit] Equipment

Raonic endorses the Wilson BLX Blade 98 and he uses LUXILON M2 Pro 1.25 16L Strings. He also endorses Lacoste clothing. [31]

[edit] Grand Slam performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player’s participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2012 Australian Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slams  
Australian Open A 4R 3R 0 / 2 5–2 71.43
French Open A 1R   0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Wimbledon A 2R   0 / 1 1–1 50.00
US Open 1R A   0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Win–Loss 0–1 4–3 2–1 0 / 5 6–5 54.55
Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic at the 2011 Australian Open
Country  Canada[1]
Residence Thornhill, Ontario, Canada; Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Born December 27, 1990 (1990-12-27) (age 21)
Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 2008
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money US$1,023,892
Singles
Career record 41–27 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 25 (May 2, 2011)
Current ranking No. 35 (February 20, 2012)[2]
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 4R (2011)
French Open 1R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2011)
US Open 1R (2010)
Doubles
Career record 6–7 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 232 (June 13, 2011)
Last updated on: February 20, 2012.
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