Milos Raonic: 'John McEnroe told me I had to show to have balls during Wimbledon'- View: 1947 by Gatto Luigi
Very beautiful article by Milos Raonic on The Players Tribune. The World No. 5 spoke in detail about his Wimbledon appearance in July where he reached the final losing to Andy Murray.
But before that match, the path was long and difficult. Raonic realized he could have done something big after his win against David Goffin, that was 'the turning point' of his career. John McEnroe played a big role during that match, because in the locker room during a rain delay, when Raonic was down two sets to love, he screamed at the Canadian player: 'Show me you have balls!' 'I had never heard anybody doubt my intensity before - Raonic wrote - I returned to the court intent on sending a message.
I came back to win and won 4–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4. I felt an immense sense of relief. I felt that overcoming that hurdle, at that venue, was a turning point in my career.' He wanted to win so badly the semifinals match against Roger Federer, the 'best player in Wimbledon history' according to Raonic, who had lost in the semifinals in 2014 always to Federer but in straight sets.
This was a special occasion to take the revenge despite Federer had lost only one set out of 30 played in ten semifinals at Church Road. 'He was playing better than I was, and even through the beginning of the fourth set he had chances to put me away.
But I just told myself, Stay close, stay close, you can play better than this. I needed to find another gear'. The turning point of the match was the game on 5-6 in the first set: Federer has three game points but fails to take it to the tie-break seeming to be 'more human than ever'.
'Everything sort of flowed very quickly after that, and I closed out against the greatest player in Wimbledon history, 6–3, 6–7 (3), 4–6, 7–5, 6–3. Speaking about the fact that he won't be followed by John McEnroe at the US Open, Raonic said: 'Yeah, well, John, throughout these weeks, will not be helping me.
We'll see where it goes after that. I believe it was just too many things going on throughout this period of time. He felt like that was the right decision. At the end of the day, it's a decision we're both okay with.
We spoke about it, were up front, and there's no ill feelings over it.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'I've never seen anybody with Federer's shots, he has an incredible elegance' .