Milos Raonic: After The Injury, That’s Probably The Most Heartbroken I’ve Felt On A Tennis Court
by Tom Gainey | January 29th, 2016, 9:13 am
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Milos Raonic had the win in sight, but his body let him today Friday night in the Australian Open semifinals. Playing in his first semifinal in Melbourne, Roanic led the heavily-favored Andy Murray by two sets to one when the 25-year-old injured his adductor early in the fourth set.

Raonic, who was trying to become the first Canadian man to ever reach a Grand Slam final, only won four games after losing to Murray 46, 75, 67(4), 64, 62.

Raonic finished with 23 aces and 72 winners against the World No. 2 and 4-time time Australian finalist. It was Raonic’s first loss of the season.

Raonic went to Instagram to post this message:

It hurts light hell now at this moment. The heartbreak and the disappoint. Regardless, I will not let this keep me down. That is not how I was raised and that is not the kind of person that I am. I thrive of challenges and of difficult moments that on the other side make me better and make me stronger. It’s infuriating for the tournament to end on this note and to have to face this knot in my stomach. But it’s not the end. Not by any means. I am better than that and I will overcome the challenges my body presents to me, I work far to damn hard and commit every waking moment to tennis, my ambitions and my goals, to not do that. I will grow from this and I will learn. I will give myself this opportunity again and I will move on in a better light. It may not be today or tomorrow but I am gonna do everything to make sure it’s someday!
At the end of the day, it has been a very special January. I have showed great amounts of improvement and development in my tennis. I have played great and I have done a whole lot of winning. That feels great and I will keep pushing that forward.
A huge thank you to the fans and supporters who show their love and passion, on court, through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other way possible. You guys are great to me and I am forever grateful. I will much more to cheer for.
With much love!
Milos

Afterward, Raonic met the press:

Q. Can you tell us what the injury was and when you first felt it?
MILOS RAONIC: Just a difficulty to push off my leg with my adductor midway through the third set. That’s what it was.

Q. Must be a very unpleasant way to lose when you’re playing so well.
MILOS RAONIC: Yeah, it’s unfortunate. Probably the most heartbroken I felt on court, but that’s what it is.

Q. Have you had this before?
MILOS RAONIC: I struggled with it a little bit in Brisbane, but it was not an issue so far in Melbourne.

Q. Did you think you still had a chance even though you were injured?
MILOS RAONIC: I think maybe that’s why I sort of lashed out after I did at the start of the fifth set. I guess that was sort of just the whole frustration of everything sort of getting out.

I don’t think that’s like myself to do, but sometimes it’s a little bit too much to keep in.

Q. Are you saying that’s when you realised it wasn’t going to happen for you?
MILOS RAONIC: I was going to fight and see what I could make of it, but it wasn’t looking that great.

Q. First three sets were pretty high level of tennis. Do you take any positives despite the disappointment?
MILOS RAONIC: I’m in a much better state where I was 18 months ago when I was in my first semifinal of a Grand Slam.

So I think I was giving myself chances and I was fighting hard. I was doing things right. It was just sort of how the story played out after.

Q. Did you ask the medical people whether there was a risk of you making it worse by playing on till the end?
MILOS RAONIC: No. I couldn’t have cared less what could have happened on the court. I was in my second semifinal. I was in a much better position than where I was last time. Regardless of what situation I was in, I was going to play and try to do whatever I could.

Q. How did you feel in the first three sets in terms of the level you were competing with him at?
MILOS RAONIC: Yeah, I felt good. I sort of dipped a little bit too much on my return. I think I was forcing a little bit too much. When I started to relax a little bit I started returning better.

And even into the second set, towards the end of the third, I started to figure things out to give myself chances there.

I’m happy with where my tennis is at, I just wish I could play…tennis.

Q. Today’s match must be very disappointing, but if you look back on this tournament and Brisbane, you might be quite positive and maybe you can take away something positive from these three weeks.
MILOS RAONIC: No, trust me, if this didn’t happen 20 minutes ago, there’s a lot more positive to take from the situation than there is negative by magnitudes.

With the way I’ve sort of started off this year after the difficulties I had, whatever it was, three months ago, not finishing the year, many other aspects, not knowing where I stood, this was the most ideal way to start.

You can’t take away that sort of hurt from the way the story played out today.

Q. Do you have any idea whether it will affect your tournament schedule for the next few weeks?
MILOS RAONIC: No. I have not spoken to anybody. Honestly, I’m not in the mental state where I would be seeing a doctor to get a recommendation today. Maybe that happens tomorrow or whenever I feel like I’m ready to face that situation.

When that comes, I’ll deal with it accordingly.

Q. Did you take any antiinflammatories to try to get through?
MILOS RAONIC: I did. Just basic things, what the doctor gave me when I was in the room getting treated.

Q. Does it feel any worse now than it did when you were out there playing?
MILOS RAONIC: No. It wasn’t bothering me walking or so forth. It’s just I couldn’t push off. I couldn’t get up to serve and I couldn’t change direction. That was the difficult part.

Q. Have you had a chance to speak to your team since coming off?
MILOS RAONIC: No. Well, probably they would have liked to spoke, but I’m just not in a state where I can probably have a conversation.

Thank you, guys. Appreciate it.


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37 Comments for Milos Raonic: After The Injury, That’s Probably The Most Heartbroken I’ve Felt On A Tennis Court

Giles Says:

Are we seeing another injury prone player in the making?
It would be a shame if that is the case as he has the potential to become a multiple GS champion.


RZ Says:

Hopefully Raonic will heal up from this quickly and continue to have a successful 2016.

Just goes to show how fit the top guys are and how important fitness is to the game.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Quite the melodramatic instagram post!


Roger Nadal Says:

Milos v. Novak would have been a better more interesting final.


calmdownplease Says:

to you maybe
I don’t think Raonic has a chance against the best returner in the world, esp for his very first final


AndyMira Says:

@Roger Nadal..Andy vs novak also interesting..2 great retriever..they will run to the locker room just to get a ball..should be an exploding match..wouldn’t you say CDP?


calmdownplease Says:

@AM

It will only be interesting if Andy tries something different
Otherwise……


MMT Says:

“Tennis Vagabond Says: Quite the melodramatic instagram post!”

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Mr. Chatterbox over on the Tennis Channel (that’s Justin Gimelstob) a year or so ago claimed that Raonic was the type who goes in a dark room, closes the door and doesn’t come out for (his words) days, after a tough loss, so that instagram plaintive soliloquy does not surprise me.

One thing that fascinated me during the match was how many times Murray hit behind him on points where he was in control of the rally. I don’t understand why he continued to do that, other than it’s a play that he does by rote, but a big serving, lumbering 6’5″ manchild (tongue in cheek) who rarely plays more than 3 hours at a time (dead serious), is the last person in the world you should be wrong footing early on in the match. You hit it behind him and he’s likely to still be there, so it makes no sense. That works against quick players who will vacate the spot before you go there…i.e. not Raonic.

At some point he committed to hitting his backhand up the line, even without a lot of pace. He did so far less effectively on the forehand up the line because Murray naturally comes around the outside of the ball, and to hit that shot you basically have to put it outside the line or close to it, to keep it close enough to the line to force your opponent wide to hit it.

Anyway, forcing Raonic to chase and dip and chase over and over again, I suspect, had something to do with is injury.


Margot Says:

What CDP? Play like Gilles?


Margot Says:

Lol Ben! Then folk will scream he loses because he is “far too passive.”
He really can’t win…..OMG did I just write that……..;)


calmdownplease Says:

No rhythm
No baseline duke outs
No or few flat shots (other than for outright winners of course)
Variety!
So yeah like Simon a bit, but more so.
Andy is the Simon with teeth and more weapons
A Simon on steroids, if you like.
FFS, I hope he at least makes it interesting!
Any other strategy that involves a Fedal like baseline rumble will be a straight sets defeat.


calmdownplease Says:

(As opposed to a maybe in 4 or 5)

Prediction!

I’m going with my heart; Andy in 5 massive epic sets!

My head is being entirely ignored for this one

lol


Van Persie Says:

after 5 sets today it will be impossible for him to play like Gilles….


Margot Says:

@CDP
I agree with all that, but, as I said before I don’t think he’s at 2012 level yet.
So blooming casual against Milos eg had just broken serve, leading 40-love, all of a sudden tumpty tum, bloody deuce! Then ad Milos! grrrrrrrrr


calmdownplease Says:

‘Then folk will scream he loses because he is “far too passive.”

As ever, there is a balance to be struck
Novak will come after him like a runaway train but he must be calm and absorb and not be tempted to do the same old BL thing.


Margot Says:

I agree nobody, repeat nobody, can beat Nole from the baseline.
Don’t even bloody bother. Fed’s undoing.


calmdownplease Says:

after 5 sets today it will be impossible for him to play like Gilles….

Am I the only one here that thinks this is the norm for a slam?

You cant just have 3 hour matches each round.
Andy has no business being ‘fatigued’ after 4hours with a days rest coming up
Mentally it was tiring due to handling Raonic’s horrendous serve but he looked as fit as a daisy in the fifth to me anyway.


calmdownplease Says:

When fed started to come in in the third he nabbed a set!

Just saying


calmdownplease Says:

I don’t think he’s at 2012 level yet.’

Well, Sunday is the time for him to go to 2012 and beyond!

It’s about time he got his finger out and surprised us again.


Van Persie Says:

that’s true. matche with Raonic are more mentally difficult, cause you have to hunt a break when you play against him. I suppose Andy is not that tired after today


Van Persie Says:

correction: matches


AndyMira Says:

CDP,i think the biggest problem for andy is that not so much of his game although if he can make a little bit aggressive is the better..but his mental weakness against top player is clearly visible..he’s h2h vs with the other big 3 is less to be desired..he’s such a very talented player and he should get more than 2 slams..with rafa still lost in his own world..and roger approaching 35 and the rest of the pack is still far behind..he should grab this chance and make the most of it..starting this sunday of course..


SG1 Says:

Federer is the best offensive player in the world and he was effectively blown away by Djokovic. I think Andy does have to mix it up a bit in terms of tactics and spins. But, I think the Murray team has to find a strategy that drags Novak to the net when he doesn’t want to be there while allowing Murray to stay on or near the baseline. Beating Novak from the baseline over 5 sets…good luck with that. Novak is a good volleyer but if you’d have to pick a part of his game that’s less impregnable, it would be his game in the front court. Why not make efforts to drag him in against his will? It’s not easy but at the appropriate moments, it may work better than trying to beat him exchanging backhands and forehands. Murray is perhaps the best cat-and-mouser out there. I think he should turn the match into a game of cat-and-mouse (if he knows how too).


chrisford1 Says:

Milos won Brisbane against Fed, then blasted his way through the AO inc Andy – up to the point he got injured.
“Serving notice” to the ATP field. Another dangerous Serb ethnic, who plays a different way of tennis than Djokovic – has emerged.

Couple of years ago, I picked Milos to eventually win Wimbledon a la big serve Sampras style. That he would be the only “young gun” in their early 20s to break through. I don’t want it to happen until Djoker has “fed” enough at Wimbledon. Another win over Federer there would be nice.

Along with Raonic’s arrival is the dark cloud of if he is or isn’t injury prone. A Delpo or Nishikori. While Rafa has been able to carve out an incredible career around much missed time for injury, the rest of the top players are resilient day in and day out forces. Nole, Fed, Andy, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer. Roger and Nole go past that to be two of the great “Ironmen” of the Open Era.

Here’s luck to the big Moose of the North!


SG1 Says:

Disappointing injury for Milos. He looked very tough to beat for the first 3 sets.

I do think that a healthy Milos would have posed some interesting challenges to Djokovic when compared to Murray. First off, Milos has the power to hit through Djokovic more often than Murray does. I also think that Milos’ serve would have given him a few more easy service games than Murray’s serve will.

The other aspect is rhythm. Milos isn’t looking to stay in the rallies. He’s looking to end them (particularly this version of Milos) and I think this prevents Djoker from getting into that metronomic (and ultimately unstoppable) rhythm.


calmdownplease Says:

@AM

Agree Dear.

but for the record, the worst damage on the H2H came after surgery.
Before it, it was only the Nadal H2H that was embarrassing, now all of them are.

‘I don’t think he’s at 2012 level yet.’

Another thing Margot. I don’t want to see that 2012 level
(Or at least, those kinds of tactics) again.
Besides being a quite dull overlong match, only spiced up by Andy’s variety in a few amazing points, it WAS another mirror image BL duke out, back and forth.
Although he got to 5 on it, Andy wasn’t mature enough to take the match by the scruff of the neck when ahead and he lost.
It’s clear, besides being boring, it won’t work this time either.
Yes, I do believe we Tennis-Xers know what Andy must do on Sunday to at least make it worth watching.


kriket Says:

“Roger approaching 35″ destroyed Murray last Wimbledon, and I suspect the same would’ve happened if they played here.


SG1 Says:

I don’t think Andy’s problem is mental so much as technical. Novak is so good technically. Perhaps the best on the planet. Andy’s stroke mechanics aren’t quite as reliable and so he is more inclined to make errors. This is why he can’t afford to play Novak straight up from the baseline. He might win 2 to 3 matches in 10 with that approach. If Murray beats Novak, it will be with guile and deception.


Ben Pronin Says:

For Murray’s sake, I hope he doesn’t revert to 2012 form. Djokovic is way better now than he was in 2012. And Murray should be, too.

It’s a best of 5 set match. Murray needs to be ready to try different things. Don’t be passive, but from this tournament it looks like junk balling Djokovic could be a winning strategy. If you lose the set 6-2, then scrap it and adjust as necessary.

Murray has a point about how Wawrinka beat Nadal and Djokovic here despite little success against them, but it’s such a different kind of situation.


calmdownplease Says:

Not judging from the absolute crapola I saw yesterday, he wouldn’t.

Andy will start beating Fed again this year.


calmdownplease Says:

Andy’s stroke mechanics aren’t quite as reliable and so he is more inclined to make errors. This is why he can’t afford to play Novak straight up from the baseline.’

Couldn’t agree more.
Novak simply has the more solid GS.
His core tennis skills are noticeably more dependable in most respects.
Andy’s FH is liable to break down from time to time, so why go there like that?
Time to get creative.


Margot Says:

@SG1
Andy hits a very flat ball too, so has less room for error.


J-Kath Says:

I don’t think Andy is as mentally weak as before…yes, he stutters and mutters and swears at himself and does the helpless act towards his box, but he settles down pretty quickly in recent times.

And I don’t buy that Milos would have won if he hadn’t had what amounted to a cramp – one of Milos’s best shots was leaping into the air and banging down an impossible shot after he had treatment.

Nole is clinical, but if Andy can creep into his confidence, Nole could over-play……………….well you have to hope don’t you?


AndyMira Says:

I hope andy watch back how stan conquer the great nole at FO and get a motivation from that..belief that novak is beatable,his cirtumtances is similar with rafa at AO 2009,at that time rafa also got 1 day rest after gruelling with verdasco for 4 and a half hours but roger already rest for 2 days..so the presures are lies on roger shoulder because he’s rested more than rafa..everybody expect roger to win..and rafa also never win at AO before..and it turned out 1 of the epic classics we ever had in our tennis history..so my point is if rafa can play with both knees hurting so much and still came out a winner..why can’t andy?He’s fit,not injured as we all know and there is no excuse for him not to give all out..he’s nothing to lose anyway..i still believe he can beat nole even the chance is small but in that small margin there is hope..


AndyMira Says:

Hey CDP..where are you?I’ve already start a new day here..still sleeping?C’mon wake up..we have to plan a strategy or something for andy to beat nole or otherwise we’re the one who sulk in the corner and cry..


SG1 Says:

Margot…Andy’s going to have to force himself out of his comfort zone against Novak. If he doesn’t he’ll be the runner up again. I believe that Andy has it within himself to do this and I hope he does. I’ve liked Andy from the get go but his stubbornness is sometimes frustrating to watch.

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