Following a tough third set tiebreak win over Jack Sock last night, big serving Canadian Milos Raonic offered some words of encouragement to his fallen countrywoman Eugunie Bouchard who was stunned Tuesday night under the weight of the expectations; and maybe gave a slight dig to the importance of these tournaments in his home country.
“I just wanted her to sort of forget it as quickly as possible,” Raonic said. “Grand scheme of things, whatever may happen, obviously you want to play well, but people, she will realize people are not going to remember Montreal. They’re going to remember at the end of this year Wimbledon, Paris, and Melbourne. Not Montreal.”
After losses by Bouchard and men’s No. 2 Vasek Pospisil, Canadian tennis was a on the brink of catastrophe yesterday but Raonic pulled out the match against the American Sock 46, 76(2), 76(4).
“I feel like there is a certain discomfort for him against me, but I’m sure he feels the exact same way,” said Raonic who also beat Sock last week en route to the Washington title. “I know I sort of have the edge on sort of getting over that hump when it comes to those tighter moments. I know no matter how bad things might be going, for us to get in that situation I can tip things in my favor.”
Raonic, a finalist at the Canadian Open last year, faces Julien Benneteau tonight in Toronto.
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