February 26, 2012
Deja vu for Raonic in Memphis
By QMI Agency
This year is starting to look a lot like 2011 for Milos Raonic.
The deja vu continued for Raonic Sunday when he lost 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) to Jurgen Melzer of Austria in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championship in Memphis. The 21-year-old from Thornhill also lost the final of the ATP 500 tournament in 2012, with Andy Roddick of the U.S. prevailing.
And let's not forget Raonic won the SAP Open in San Jose, the ATP's stop just before Memphis, the last two years.
Against Melzer, the fourth-seeded Raonic wobbled at a couple of key moments despite dominating with his serve -- he finished with 22 aces. After starting a perfect 15-for-15 on first-serve points won, Raonic was broken in the 11th game of the first set, which Melzer closed out (in Raonic style) with an ace on his second set point.
The Austrian veteran broke Raonic again in the seventh game of the second set and survived a set point in the 10th game before both players served out to set up a tie-break. Melzer, who was playing with a broken toe suffered soon after he arrived in Memphis, closed out the win when Raonic hit a backhand into the net.
The result ended Raonic's winning streak at 19 straight sets. He was 15-1 in 2012 heading into the Memphis final.
He is, however, expected to rise to No. 24 in the world rankings, a career high.