NEW YORK - The U.S. Open sure feels like a setback for Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic, but let’s not go overboard.
In the mind of ESPN tennis analyst Darren Cahill, a former top-25 player from Australia, the round-of-16 losses on Monday (Bouchard) and early Tuesday morning (Raonic) aren’t the be-all and end-all for the Canadian stars.
Granted, expectations back home are at a much higher level than, really, at any time in history in the aftermath of Raonic’s run to the semis and Bouchard’s trip to the final at Wimbledon. But Cahill prefers to take a broader examination and defines the 2014 Grand Slam campaigns as major successes for the Canadians.
“I think overall if you are judging him on just one match, that’s being pretty harsh,” Cahill said when asked about Raonic’s movement woes (one of the regular criticisms of his game) during the latter stages of a five-set loss to Kei Nishikori that tied the record for latest finish in U.S. Open history — 2:26 a.m.