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Milos Raonic: Going To Happen

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2011

Or in fact already happening, as the Canadian is up to 59 in the rankings after defeating Fernando Verdasco 76(6) 76(5) to take the San Jose title at the weekend.

I’ve got to confess I didn’t see this match. Well, I saw some of it – it started at 3 a.m. and I wanted right up until the point that Milos went something like 0-6 down in the first set tiebreak, at which point I assumed (with what I feel was some justification) that Verdasco would close out the tiebreak and use that boost to win in straights. How he didn’t, I’m not quite sure.

But he took it well.

But I’m assuming that Raonic carried on playing the way that he did for the first twelve games – mahoosive serving, confident aggression and a total lack of fear. The hype will now officially be out of control, given that he comes from a country with only slightly more top-flight players than Great Britain (and no Andy Murray), and while his talent is unquestioned, he’s been on a ridiculous run in 2011 and it remains to be seen what kind of consistency he has once that white-hot adrenaline has worn off. So the jury’s out – but it has plenty to deliberate upon.

Go Milos.

5 Responses to “Milos Raonic: Going To Happen”

  1. Chris Ross said

    Great post and love the blog setup. Man, Raonic really looks like he might becoming something special right now. He’s such a different player than what we have seen in this era as so much is rally oriented (which I think is really fun). As a Canadian I never thought that we would have someone legitimate to cheer for but I guess I was wrong. He’s shot his way up the tennis rankings and with his gigantic serve you just don’t know how far he could go. Good for him for beating Verdasco and getting that first one outta the way, hopefully there’s more to come. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/milos-raonic-the-next-great-one/

    • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

      ahaaaa… all the Beavers are coming out of the woodwork.. or Beibers out of it at least… You Canadians are of good cheer indeed and for good reason… I am pretty confident he is the real deal but just how real a deal needs to be seen…
      Meantime I liked your bloggage too and I am a great admirer of your Sampras like eyebrows.

  2. evie said

    It was Verdasco. There is never real justification to believe he can close it out.

    He didn’t DF, though. I’ll give him that.

  3. jb (chocolate FTW) said

    I’m liking what i’ve seen of milos. He comes in strongly, using his hieght to put the ball where his opponent is NOT. which sounds simple, but a lot of players fall victim to the ‘hit-back-to-your-opponentitis’, which does them in. (and makes me tear my hairs out…not to mention screech like a banshieeee)

    We’re gonna see. but honestly. watching him? sort of reminds me of seeing Elfie in 2008…

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