2. Getting the competitive edge
Milos Raonic is getting better with each passing tournament. 2016 has been his best year by far. The Toronto native won his eighth ATP World Tour title in Brisbane, where he defeated Roger Federer in the final, before upsetting Stan Wawrinka en route to his second Grand Slam semi-final showing at the Australian Open (l. to Murray), where he suffered the leg injury.
Raonic lost a set for the first time in this tournament and showed his ability to stage a calm and strong comeback. “I feel like I’m dealing with the situations much better,” he said. “Definitely have been playing higher level this year, but I think also when I have had those difficult moments or let’s say some kind of crisis throughout matches, I have found solutions better. I think I have been very more regimented about that and a lot more disciplined with myself and a lot more understanding about the way I need to go about things during the match. And also analyzing and adjusting and accepting things during matches.”
He eventually prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the 3 setter and will aim for his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.