Raonic Reaches First Wimbledon QF
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
It was a happy Canada Day for Milos Raonic as he won a battle of the young guns on Tuesday at Wimbledon to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-final. The Canadian rallied from a set down to beat Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3 and set a clash with rising star Nick Kyrgios.
The 23-year-old Raonic reached the last eight at a major for the first time at Roland Garros, coming up short against Novak Djokovic. The Toronto native is just the second Canadian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals, following in the footsteps of Robert Powell (1908, 1910, 1912).
"Serving well [will be key]," said Raonic as he looked ahead to the quarter-finals. "I've been able to do that so far. It's what's going to put the pressure on my opponent. It's what's going to give me a bit of freedom on the return games. After that, the most important thing is going to be the attitude, the mental approach. I want to do much better than I did in Paris. I feel like I'm ready to do so."
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Raonic recorded his first win in three attempts against Nishikori, avenging his most recent defeat to the Japanese on the Madrid clay in May.
Raonic had not been broken in his first three matches, only facing one break point, but saw that run immediately ended by Nishkori who broke in the first game en route to taking the opener. However, Raonic fought back to claim victory in two hours and 27 minutes, firing 35 aces and only facing one more break point in the contest, which he saved in the final game.
"It was only in the first game I felt I could hit returns," said Nishikori. "After that he was hitting good serves and too many aces. Maybe in the last game I had some chances. But he served really well the whole entire game."