Milos Raonic withdraws from Cincinnati for another setback


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Milos Raonic withdraws from Cincinnati for another setback

Back in 2016, Milos Raonic was one of the players of the season after scoring more than 50 wins on the Tour, earning the spot at the ATP Finals where he lost to Andy Murray after a titanic battle. World no. 3 in the year-end ranking has never found that form again, struggling with left wrist, right calf muscle tear, right knee, elbow and back injuries that have halted Milos' progress since 2017, unable to deliver his best tennis and embrace the desired schedule that would keep him in contention for the big titles.

With only three top-10 triumphs in the last two and a half years, Milos barely stayed in the top-40, giving his best to leave the dark period behind him and start playing injury-free and seek the level he had a few years ago when he had the opportunity to fight for Major titles.

In the last two seasons, a right knee and back injuries have ruined Raonic's progress, delivering some good results like in Melbourne, Indian Wells and Stuttgart this year but not being able to stay healthy and avoid problems.

The recent setback came this week at home in Montreal, retiring against the young compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime due to a back injury and deciding to skip Cincinnati where he was the semi-finalist in 2014 and 2016 and the quarter-finalist a year ago, losing to Novak Djokovic in three sets.

Felix Auger-Aliassime barely lost a point on serve in the first set against Milos, keeping the pressure on the more experienced rival and forcing an error from the opponent in game four to gain the advantage. Serving for the set at 5-3, Felix fired four service winners to close it in 38 minutes, with the tables turning in set number two when Milos raised his level to make the clash more interesting.

Raonic broke in the fourth game and fended off three break chances in game seven to close the set with a hold at love in game nine for a 6-3. Sadly, that was all we saw from Raonic in this encounter, dealing with a back injury and deciding to retire, mighty disappointed after such an outcome in front of the home fans.