Wimbledon failure motivates Milos Raonic at Rogers Cup

Milos Raonic returns a shot to his opponent Jack Sock Wednesday at the Citi Open in Washington, DC....

Milos Raonic returns a shot to his opponent Jack Sock Wednesday at the Citi Open in Washington, DC. Raonic took the match with a hard-fought two-set victory. (AFP)

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

Ivan Ljubicic doesn’t mind one bit that Milos Raonic is hard on himself, but he’s not about to pile on.

Ljubicic, one of the Canadian tennis star’s coaches, prefers to look at the big picture when examining Raonic’s performance in a straight-set loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals.

“He’s always disappointed when he loses, plus he’s just really competitive,” Ljubicic said over the phone from Washington after the Thornhill, Ont.-raised Raonic discussed his “frustration, anger and disappointment” with his play against Federer during a news conference prior to the Citi Open. Raonic beat Jack Sock 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-6) last night.

“Roger’s played (35 Grand Slam semifinals) and Milos has one. I think numbers often tell a lot of the story … I don’t think he played badly, but he could have played better.”

The way Ljubicic sees it, Raonic will only be better for the experience as he begins the hard-court season.


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