Young Canadians still need to elevate their tennis games

Roger Federer (right) showed Milos Raonic that the young Canadian still has a long ways to go to...

Roger Federer (right) showed Milos Raonic that the young Canadian still has a long ways to go to beat the big boys. (Reuters)

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:58 AM ET

The last few steps — the ones that makes you Roger Federer or Martina Navratilova or even Andy Murray or Petra Kvitova — remain so very far away for Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard.

The two Canadians did more in two weeks for tennis in this country than anyone has managed before — bringing a niche sport to national life — but the gap between champion and contender, between legend and hope is wide and the painful endings at Wimbledon demonstrated just how difficult it is to reach the summit.

Not for one moment in the Raonic semifinal loss to Federer was the result in doubt: And Bouchard was just as overwhelmed in her final against Kvitova.

For some players, this will be as far as they ever get. But Bouchard has the look of a future champion where the challenge for Raonic, both circumstantially and athletically, may be greater.


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