Milos Raonic: Grass Comes More Naturally To Me Than Other Surfaces
by Tom Gainey | June 13th, 2012

Milos Raonic is in Halle this week preparing for what could be a breakout run at Wimbledon later this month. Raonic spoke with the ATP assessing his game and chances in Halle and at Wimbledon.

Raonic already won his first two matches in Germany. If No. 2 seed Roger Federer beats Florian Mayer tomorrow the Swiss will meet Milos in the quarterfinals on Friday.

“I’m just trying to gain experience on this surface,” said Raonic. “Last year I felt I played really well leading into Wimbledon before that unfortunate incident… I feel this should be a good surface for me; it should suit my game and I’m trying to make the most of it.

“It’s a benchmark to see where I am. I feel I am a much better player than last year. It gives me confidence to play this well so early in the tournament, just having come off clay.”

Last year Raonic injured his hip during the second round at Wimbledon.

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7 Comments for Milos Raonic: Grass Comes More Naturally To Me Than Other Surfaces

jane Says:

Interesting that he refers to Sampras/Rafter Wimbledon final as his “greatest memory.” He’s watched that final 10 times. :)

grendel Says:

I remember that match, it was infuriating. Rafter took the first set, and he was a break up in the second set tiebreak. I was inclined to purr, except that Rafter made the calamitous error of raising his arms in a mock salute. This was a)premature,tempting the gods) b)bound to annoy Sampras and in some way spur him on and c) suggested that Rafter was not properly focused, was probably as tight as a button in fact.

Sure enough, Sampras got the break back, broke again, won the set, and you knew it was all over why bother watching any more and so on. The following year, on the eve of his final with Ivanesevic, he admitted, with a big grin, that he had choked (“that’s right, mate”).

Raonic is a big Sampras fan, so I’m not surprised he enjoys watching that match.

jane Says:

I watched it too; I was cheering Rafter because Pete already had 6 Wimbledons! I remember sitting in to doorway and not wanting to look. :/

jane Says:

the doorway

Steve 27 Says:

Could be Raonic’s serve in a near future, the best ever?

jamie Says:

Raonic is Sampras lite.

Sienna Says:

jamie Says:
Raonic is Sampras lite.

Do you really think so ? I dont remember Pete for being a serve monster he was far more then that.
Raonic is a serve monster and will have trouble playing ralleys for as long as he lives. He does have some great mental attitude and he knows how to click FH and BH, but he cannot even in the ;ite shape be referred to Sampras.
He would be lucky if he would be Krajicek 2.0.
He reminds me much more of Richard but he I am dutch.

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