Raonic "Knocking On The Door" For Mental Breakthrough
by James Buddell|
Canadian Milos Raonic believes he is “knocking on the door” to making a mental breakthrough in consistently beating Top 10-ranked players.
Speaking after his record-breaking 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 loss to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the World No. 6, at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event on Tuesday night, Raonic said, “I’ve sort of been knocking on the door.
“Hopefully next time around, I can sort of kick it down and make the most of it. I think, if I can get through one of these, I think it just opens up a lot more doors.”
World No. 23 Raonic has a 6-13 overall record against Top 10 opponents. He has beaten Andy Murray at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and taken Roger Federer to three sets – on three occasions – this year.
“I think the difference is just going to come down to how I deal with the big points.
“I think going into next time, I’ll be better equipped. The question is: how much? Will it be next time that it really changes for me, or will it be the time after that? I don’t know. It’s sport.”
“I just try to focus on the things I can control, which is myself.”
A place in the Top 20 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings could then follow.
When asked what he thought of Raonic, Tsonga admitted, “I learned that he can be really strong in his head, mentally really strong.”
Raonic will now fly to Toronto, his reputation enhanced, for the Rogers Cup, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tournament, which begins on 6 August.
The 21 year old has compiled a 29-12 match record on the season, which includes two ATP World Tour titles at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Tipsarevic) and the SAP Open in San Jose (d. Istomin).