Former world no. 3 sets his return day!

Mislo Raonic will compete again after almost two years

by Jovica Ilic
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Former world no. 3 sets his return day!

Former world no. 3 and Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic is set to return after staying away from tennis for almost two years. Milos is on the 's-Hertogenbosch entry list, entering his first tournament since July 2021! The Canadian skipped 23 months, dealing with injuries and needing time away from the sport to recover and make a fresh start at 32.

With eight titles from 23 finals, Raonic is among the most accomplished players born in the early 90s, competing for Major and Masters 1000 titles and entering the top-3 at the end of 2016. The Canadian has won almost 400 ATP matches, with over 200 coming at Majors and Masters 1000 events.

Milos claimed one or two ATP titles for six consecutive years between 2011 and 2016, although he never went all the way at the highest level following five defeats in the title encounters. Raonic was the 2016 Wimbledon finalist, losing to Andy Murray in three tight sets and missing a chance to write Canadian tennis history.

Milos Raonic is ready to play again after two years.

After almost ten notable years on the Tour, Raonic lost ground in 2018 and 2019, reaching no finals and barely staying in the top-40. Milos lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open quarter-final at the start of 2020 and kept that form until the season restarted.

Novak and Milos met again in the Cincinnati final (played in August). The Canadian made a perfect start before losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, missing a chance to win his first Masters 1000 crown. Raonic had another deep run at the end of the season, advancing into the Paris Masters semi-final and losing to Daniil Medvedev.

The Canadian played only 12 matches in 2021 before his tennis break. Djokovic halted him again at the Australian Open, and Milos played only two more tournaments before skipping the next three months. Raonic withdrew from Roland Garros and Wimbledon, trying to recharge his batteries and find his old desire.

Raonic entered Atlanta and faced Brandon Nakashima in the first round. The American prevailed 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 in two hours and 13 minutes, and we are yet to see Raonic on the court again. That should change in a couple of weeks on his beloved grass, seeking a fresh start and hoping for more good results if his body holds up.

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