Between April 2010 and April 2011, Milos Raonic gained almost 400 places on the ATP ranking list, cracking the top-30 at 20 and becoming one of the most consistent players on the Tour. Finishing in the top-35 for nine straight years, the Canadian claimed eight ATP titles (none since Brisbane 2016) and fought for the Masters 1000 crowns and also in the Wimbledon final, becoming world no.
3 at the end of 2016 and hoping to challenge the players from the top even harder in the years to come. Instead of that, Milos struggled with many injuries, leaving the top-10 in August 2017 and never returning to the elite group!
Losing the last six ATP finals, Raonic had to endure many difficulties in the past three years, unable to find the rhythm and compete on a high level again. Working hard in the offseason, Milos made a promising start of 2020, advancing into the quarter-final at the Australian Open for the fifth time in the last six years, losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets but feeling much better than in the same period of the previous years.
Unlike in the past, there were no problems down under for the Canadian who has embraced packed schedule in February, signing to play in New York, Delray Beach and Acapulco, hoping for the best preparation ahead of the first Masters 1000 events of the season.
The Canadian is confident in his abilities and believes his best tennis is yet to come if he stays healthy and avoid injuries that had ruined the previous part of his career. “I’ve always enjoyed playing in New York; I’ve spent some time there in the past,” Raonic said.
“I have many friends in the city and I thought it would be a great opportunity; New York Open seems to be a great event. I think it’s the first time in the last six years that I finished competing at the Australian Open without injuries, ready to continue my training and get ready for the next tournament.
I was happy with the way my game has been progressing and got better and better throughout the Australian Open. I didn’t play much tennis last year, still finding my game but making a positive start of the season. I’m rebuilding; through injuries, I have squandered the past three years.
I wish things were different but now I have to work my way back up. I feel like my tennis is there and I have to stay healthy and give myself a chance to compete regularly. I think I can play even better than in the past”.