Following a quick win over American teen Jared Donaldson last night, Milos Raonic reiterated his importance on winning the Rogers Cup Canadian Open in Toronto, his hometown event.
“It’s definitely one of the more significant achievements I’d like to reach,” Raonic said. “It definitely has not only, it being this tournament, but it has a sentimental value through my childhood and this being the only tournament I attended as a spectator.
“So there is a lot of different sort of folds and wrinkles to the whole story line there. Hopefully I can make it count this time around, and it’s what I’m training for. My focus is not anywhere, any further along to any other tournaments coming up other than this tournament at this moment.”
Tonight, Raonic, who made the Wimbledon finals earlier this month, meets Washington D.C. winner Gael Monfils. The two have split four meetings with Raonic winning both battles in 2016.
“I’ve got to play well. I have to dictate,” he said. “I have been able to get the better of him twice this year because I was controlling the court and taking time away from him coming forward.
“He can do a lot of things. He can make you play a lot of balls. If you sort of take the time away from him then you make it difficult on him. I’m going to have to continue doing that.”
If Raonic wins and so does Novak Djokovic, the two will meet in a tasty semifinal on Saturday.
Raonic made the finals at the Canadian Open Montreal in 2013 losing to Rafael Nadal. But last year fell in his opener to Ivo Karlovic.
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