6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) over Simon Greul. The first set looks to have been rather easy for Raonic, but the next two were a bit more grueling.
Okay, I won't do that again.
Third-seed #5 Robin Soderling was likely to be next, but he was upset by Croatian #56 Ivan Dodig (6-2, 6-4).
Yeesh, Raonic runs into another hot player in Dodig and loses 6(0)-7, 6-4, 3-6.
Next is the Estoril Open in Portugal next week, a Masters 250 event for which he is the 5th seed.
Last edited by DJT; 04-21-2011 at 05:38 PM.
He's having some struggles with keeping his emotions in check:
And now he is ranked 27th in the world, moving up one place.
Raonic is playing Verdasco right now in the ATP Estoril 250 Semi-final.
Unfortunately, he couldn't keep his winning streak going vs the Spaniard as he had to withdraw after dropping the first set (back injury).
Raonic attained a peak ranking of #25 after reaching the semifinals at Estoril, but then lost in the first round of the 1000-series events in Madrid (in three sets to Feliciano Lopez) and Rome (in straight sets to Fernando Verdasco) and so has fallen to #28.
Raonic is seeded 26th at the French Open. He will begin against #94 Michael Berrer of Germany, then hopefully the winner of #160 Arnaud Clément vs. #74 Filippo Volandri. The Third Round would bring 4th-seed Andy Murray or a qualifier -- potentially (however unlikely) Frank Dancevic.
Raonic is starting to get wider attention, including in the non-sports media. For example, there was a great (front-page?) three-part series about him in The Globe and Mail (part 1, part 2, part 3), a CNN feature, and he's on the cover of the June issue of Toronto Life magazine:
...making it all the worse as he sh*t the bed in a very disappointing first round exit vs Berrer.
Yeah, rather disappointing. On the ladies side though, it looks like Wozniak has regained her pre-injury form.
Ugh, I wasn't in the mood to post about this.
Originally Posted by BearcatSA
Dancevic also lost, in four sets to Simone Bolleli, who is ranked almost 50 spots higher but got his place in the main draw as a Lucky Loser.
(At least neither threw a tantrum, as did Michael Llodra!)
Yeah, but now she plays Wozniacki.
Originally Posted by Saviola7
Let's turn our attention to Rebecca Marino, who is the top-ranked Canadian woman at #60 (Wozniak is #162). Her year has been somewhat reflective of Raonic's: both are 20 years old, both are just beginning on Tour, both have made significant gains in the rankings (she started the year at #104), both were runners-up in Memphis (she was forced to retire from the final), though she is yet to win a WTA event (but won three consecutive ITF events last fall).
In the French Open First Round, Marino defeated #110 (once #29) Kateryna Bondarenko in straight sets. Next is #86 Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez, who upset the 19th seed Shahar Pe'er.
Last edited by DJT; 05-24-2011 at 05:05 PM.
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