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Disappointed Raonic Takes Positives From Wimbledon Run

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Raonic© Getty ImagesMilos Raonic was seeking to reach his first Grand Slam final.

Milos Raonic came up short in his quest to play for a maiden Grand Slam title, falling to seven-time champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday.

The 23 year old exited Centre Court with mixed emotions, admitting a lack of experience in handling the magnitude of the moment, while acknowledging an overall “successful” fortnight on the lawns of the All England Club.

“How to deal with the situation is probably the thing I'll put the most focus in,” Raonic said. “That's something I didn't do well today. That's probably the thing that I can learn the most from. I believe I can put myself in the situation again, and the worst part would be to have the same feeling after. I know I can do much better. That's the most I have to take out of it.

“Right now, looking at the big picture, the last two weeks have been, in a lot of ways, very successful. I go from never winning consecutive matches here, to probably only winning consecutive matches once on grass, to putting myself in position of the final four in this event.”

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The first Canadian to contest a major semi-final in the Open Era, the Ivan Ljubicic and Riccardo Piatti pupil was seeking his 150th tour-level match victory. Despite the loss, his fifth in five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with Federer, Raonic is savouring the taste of his first Grand Slam semi-final and is driven to progress even further next time.

“There's a lot of good things to take from it," Raonic added. "If you asked me before the event started would I sign on a dotted line to make the semis here. But when you get here to this point, I think it's just human nature, the greed of human nature, that you want so much more. You feel it in front of you and you want to grab it. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

“I don't think it was the physical things around me that made it difficult for me today. I think it was more so knowing what kind of opportunity lies ahead beyond this round and beyond that and what I really wanted to go for and chase. Maybe I just put that on myself too much.”

As for his upcoming plans, Raonic says he will begin training for the hard-court season before heading to the Citi Open, both ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open.

When asked what is the number one thing he’d like to do right now, Raonic replied, smiling, “To tell you honestly right now, I'm craving chicken wings, so I'll be having chicken wings.”

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