Milos Raonic arrived into Cincinnati’s Western and Southern Open yesterday as a first-time Top 10 player after the best week of his pro career in Montreal where he reached the singles final losing to Rafael Nadal Sunday. But all wasn’t rosy for the 22-year-old who created controversy and outrage over his no-call at the net during a win over Juan Martin Del Potro last week.
Speaking to press in Cincinnati on Monday, Raonic admitted he was in the wrong in how he handled the situation.
“I feel like I made a mistake in the spur of the moment, something, I guess, because I hadn’t been faced with it before,” Raonic said. “I’m disappointed with myself how I dealt with it, and it’s something I learned a lot from. I really didn’t have the opportunity until really the last two days to think about it that much. It’s something that I feel sorry about and something I want to apologize to Juan when I see him here.
“I don’t think I dealt with that the right way and I think it’s something that I probably should have in that situation, and probably in the future, call on myself.”
Del Potro was serving 4-3, 40-40 when Raonic slid into the net as he put away a short ball. The touch was clear to everyone watching including Del Potro, but the umpire never saw it. Raonic took the point and never lost another against the visibly upset Del Potro.
Afterward, Raonic said he was fortunate to get the no-call, “I was fortunate that the line judge didn’t see it. It’s a lucky thing for me in my sense, unlucky for him. Something that can go really both ways. It’s sort of the exact same thing as having no challenges left and you get a bad line call. It’s like a bad‑luck thing. It was hard to sort of be able to take this point on such a big point.”
Raonic will play American wildcard Jack Sock tonight at the Cincinnati first round.
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