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Lone Wolf.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 22, 2011

Berankis got bounced, Tomic was trounced, but ladies and gentlemen, there is a single young gun left alive after Milos Raonic defeated Mikhail Youzhny 64 75 46 64.

This was Milos’ sixth win in Melbourne this year, since he played through qualifying, and it showed. He’s riding a huge wave of confidence right now and with his huge serve and aggressive game, it’s a lethal combination. It wasn’t the best match from Youzhny, but he played pretty well and with a little faltering from Milos, he would have been right back into it. But Milos came right back fighting after he dropped the third set, and closed it out beautifully. Incredibly impressive.

It’s also great that we’re getting to find out a bit more about him – for example, that his uncle is the vice-president of Montenegro. Yes, the country. Reportedly he’s made a recent move to base his training in Barcelona, and has been working specifically on staying calm on the court (something he’s done with great success in his last few matches). I definitely recommend his presser.

Raonic’s next opponent will be Ferru, who took care of Berankis in straight sets. I thought the short Lithuanian would have trouble against him, as you don’t out-baseline Ferru, but Milos’ entirely different style has a chance. Not a big chance, on Ferru’s current form, but a chance.

6 Responses to “Lone Wolf.”

  1. harini said

    I think I will be adding Raonic to my list of “must-watch” players in the years to come. He seems like a nice kid and plays fairly well.

    Hope it’s a good match against Ferru for him tomorrow, with Ferru winning 🙂

    • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

      it should be a cracker of a match indeed, and though I love Ferru as much as the next middle aged man that is hard up for a shag, I hope the big guy from Canada can pull of the win. I just cannot bear to watch another Ferrer capitulation to GoNads… far too depressing. That is not to say I think RaRa will beat the Nadular One .. he won’t … but it will be something different to look at.

      • harini said

        That is very true. I don’t want to see Ferru have to play and lose to Rafa. Of course, if Ferru plays Rafa and wins, that would be pretty sweet.

  2. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    Just read through your week of musings and I just want to say how glad I am that you are back G. Seriously don’t stress yourself writing about every fucking thing that happens. Write about what you want… what you love about this crazed sport. It is just so good to hear your voice. I feel doubly blessed that I have met you and can hear you in my head. Adoration unbounded.

  3. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    also… in my own mind I have retitled this article “The Lonely Beaver”

  4. neilintoronto said

    Welcome back G!! I love this kid. Hope he can get past Ferru. I don’t really know what to write except that he’s been the lead off story on the sports news shows ever since he beat Youzh, so its nice to have something other than hockey to be proud of.

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