Milos Raonic: “My Job Is To Go Out There And Make My Opponents Adjust To Me”
by Tom Gainey | September 2nd, 2012, 12:14 pm

Will this US Open be the big breakout party we’ve been waiting on for Milos Raonic? The big-serving 21-year-old has reached the fourth round in New York and tomorrow he’ll face one of the biggest matches of his career against former finalist Andy Murray.

With his monster serve and limitless firepower, the calm, composed Canadian says gameplan is to play his style and make the opponent adjust to it.

“My job is to go out there and make my opponents adjust to me,” Raonic said yesterday after beating James Blake. “I feel like I have the ability to be more dangerous than most players when I have the ball on my racquet, especially out of my hand on a serve. That just puts a lot of pressure on my opponents if I’m serving well. So it’s one thing I try to take advantage of as much as I can, is that a lot of matches can depend on me. I’m the one to blame. I just try to make the most of those moments. And when I don’t make the most of the moments ‑ I missed a few against Roger (Federer) earlier this year ‑ try to learn as much as I can from them and try to avoid making the same mistakes.”

Raonic, who grew up idolizing Pete Sampras for his game and demeanor, upset Murray earlier in the year on clay in Barcelona. But two other meetings this year were cancelled due to injuries by both players.

“If I serve well, if I hit the lines, it’s tough to get my serve back,” Raonic said of facing Murray. “It’s really him adjusting more to me than myself to him. If I’m serving well, I’m hitting my spots, it’s about making him feel as uncomfortable as possible. If I serve well, that’s sort of what sort of happens. It’s a ripple effect.

“The fact that it’s a Grand Slam adds a little bit more to it. At the same time it’s sort of a situation I feel very comfortable in. So it puts everything aside. I know I can create my opportunities. I know what I’m capable of. I know what I can do. I just have to really step up and do it.”

Murray admitted playing Raonic is a dangerous proposition.

“When you have big, big weapons, that obviously helps,” Murray said of Raonic. “He’s had some good wins this year. He’s also had some tough losses. Like against Tsonga at the Olympics, he lost a very close one. He lost a close one against Querrey at Wimbledon, as well. His match with Hewitt in Australia was a tough match, too. He’s obviously playing better and better. He’s gaining experience all the time. Yeah, he’s definitely going to be dangerous.”

Raonic reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open earlier this year losing to David Ferrer.

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15 Comments for Milos Raonic: “My Job Is To Go Out There And Make My Opponents Adjust To Me”

TennisFan Says:

Time to whip Murray’s b##t !!

jane Says:

Kind of surprised how easily Milos handled Blake, tbh. I didn’t think it would be straight sets, with a bagel. But then again, James’ best years are behind him.

I know he won against Andy M on clay, but I think Andy will win tomorrow. He’s a great returner, and if Milos hits a lot of second serves, Andy should be able to take advantage. Hope so! I like Milos and often feel inclined to support him as a fellow Canadian – especially as he could inspire more young players here.

But I am pulling for Andy here! Good luck Muzza – GO! :)

the DA Says:

He sure isn’t lacking in confidence. After the Blake match he tweeted “Truly an amazing experience and a great match from me. Thank you for the love and support”. A well known sports journalist joked that it won’t be long before someone sets up a PseudoMilos account.

jane Says:

” it won’t be long before someone sets up a PseudoMilos account”

LOL. :) Well, he better be careful about buying into the hype. Confidence can be great, but Milos still needs to prove himself and he’s 21 almost 22.

roy Says:

raonic doesn’t have big weapons, he has a big serve.
putting away weak returns isn’t the same as nailing groundstrokes in high intensity rallies,on the run, off the return etc. in other words, genuine shotmaking.

rogerafa Says:

Andy should be able to handle Raonic if he is focused enough. The best of five format should help help him too. However, if Raonic is able to play at a high level, Andy just can not afford to have any lapses in concentration.

racquet Says:

@ jane, yep. I appreciate confidence in a player but this borders on cockiness. This part especially “…is that a lot of matches can depend on me. I’m the one to blame”. It reminds me of Federer’s “the match is on my racquet” – but at least he’s earned the right to be cocky.

As rogerafa rightly points out, Andy can’t afford any lapses or sloppy service games. One teensy advantage he has (apart from a better return game and tennis brain) is that he’s familiar with Arthur Ashe and Milos isn’t. He said he’s never played on there or even practiced on it. We’ll see. It’s not a match I’m looking forward to nor will be able to enjoy. 30 aces – yawn.

Leon Says:

The young gentleman speaks a bit more than necessary, no? In general, it’s a bad omen (exceptions happen, though).
I hope Murray will win. Just for just (tenniswise, etc), even if justice is an invented notion, especially in sports. And I’d love to see an RF-AM semis far stronger than an RF-MR…

Leon Says:

Classic break from Andy.

Leon Says:

And one classic break more. Of opponent’s spirit, too, I suppose.

Leon Says:

Two sets to love. Case dismissed?

Leon Says:

Seemingly so. Third break.

Leon Says:

Bravo, Scott the Brave.I’m delighted. And I’m even not his fan.
Raonic has plenty of things to re-think and think over. He is still rather raw and in fact not progressing.

Just Me Says:

When Raonic beat Murray in Barcelona, he boasted that you could “humanize” the top four by beating them. Well, guess who was “humanized” (if not humiliated) by losing this one? Schadenfreude to the max : )

Just for the record, his head-to-head against the top four is:

0-3 vs Federer
0-0 vs Djokovic
0-2 vs Nadal
1-1 vs Murray

Methinks he did protest too much and too soon : )

jamie Says:

^ It was on clay.

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