Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic has said that he will give his everything to win a Grand Slam after his straight-sets loss to Andy Murray on Sunday. The 25-year old also believes he can do for Canadian tennis what Murray has done for British tennis - set new benchmarks and inspire generations.
After beating seven-time champion Roger Federer in the semi-final, Raonic must have fancied his chances against home favourite Andy Murray to win a major from his first final. But it was not to be as Murray put up a wonderful performance to win 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2). Raonic admitted that it would hurt, but he would come back harder.
“This one will sting a bit.
“I’m going to work on everything. I’m not going to leave any stone unturned. I’m going to try to get myself back in this position, try to be better in this position,” he said, reported Reuters.
Raonic’s work ethic and maturity are unquestionable, unlike most of his compatriots, and the results can be seen in the good performances he has put in this season. Yet, he fell short against Murray and has vowed to come back even better by working on all aspects of his game.
“I’m going to try to get fitter, stronger. I’m going to try to improve my return game, improve my serve. I can improve there. Improve my efficiency coming forward.
“There’s not one thing I’m not going to try to improve,” Reuters reported.
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe was working with Raonic as a grass-court consultant, along with full-time coach Carlos Moya, and the Canadian said he is unsure yet about the legendary player’s role in his team. “We haven’t spoken about anything, but I’m sure we’re going to have that discussion over the next 24 hours.”
The big-server exuded confidence though that he could contribute to Canadian tennis the same way his conqueror Andy Murray did for Britain.
“I believe I definitely have that ability within myself,” he said. “There’s not a shadow of a doubt from myself.
“The question is, am I going to make the most of it when those opportunities arise?”
Andy Murray, in 2013, became the first Britisher in 77 years to win the Wimbledon and then went on to guide Great Britain to a Davis Cup victory in 2015- their first win in 79 years. The Scot has become a darling of the nation, and has united them completely whenever he steps on court.