Monday, January 24, 2011

Australian Open Day 8: O Canada

Curtain Call

Player: Milos Raonic
Age: 20
Nation: Canada
Current Ranking: 152
Notable Conquests: Mikhail Youzhny (10th seed, Russia) and Michael Llodra (22nd, France)
Today's Result: loss to David Ferrer (7th, Spain) in four sets

Photo via Isabelle Chrun

The Montenegro-born Raonic has been the story of the tournament thus far. The guy came out of nowhere to qualify for the main draw, then took out two seeds. Beating Llodra is one thing. Youzhny, on the other hand, is not one to go quietly - definitely one of the great warriors of the tour. Raonic has a great power game going but there are a lot of wild pitches - too many errors to get by a grinder of Ferrer's caliber. The future seems bright but he needs some Crash-to-Nuke style mentoring to clean up his game (one guess as to which classic sports flick I watched last week).

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