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Milos Raonic is the one to watch in 2012…….a top ten player by the end of the season?

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Raonic made one of the biggest splashes in recent tennis history, rising from World No. 156 at the start of 2011 to No. 37. In only his eighth ATP World Tour main draw appearance, Raonic claimed his first ATP World Tour singles title at the SAP Open in San Jose, then followed it up the next week with a runner-up showing at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis.

Raonic’s Memphis final versus Andy Roddick was arguably the most compelling ATP World Tour match of the year to date. After losing the first set in a tie-break, Raonic fought off three championship points in a second-set tie-break, at last winning it 13-11. Down 1-4 in the third, he rallied again to level the match. At 5-6, facing championship point number five, Raonic angled a volley – and Roddick struck one of the greatest shots of his career, a lunging forehand down-the-line winner.

• Raonic has compiled a 14-3 match record and has jumped from No. 156 at the end of last season to a career-high No. 37 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings. He is the highest-ranked Canadian in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). At age 20, he is the youngest player in the current Top 50.

• His 11 tie-break wins is the most on the ATP World Tour.

• He has posted three Top 10 wins this season, two over No. 9 Fernando Verdasco and one over No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny. The three wins are second-most on the ATP World Tour, only behind World No. 3 Novak Djokovic (5).

• He became the first Canadian to capture an ATP World Tour singles title since Greg Rusedski in April 1995 (Seoul) by winning the SAP Open in San Jose (d. No. 9 Verdasco).

• He is among the Top 5 in five of the six RICOH ATP MatchFacts categories:

– Aces (303, 20.2 avg.) No. 1

– First Serve Pts. Won (81%) No. 1

– Service Games Won (91%) No. 2

– Break Pts. Saved (70%) No. 4

– Second Serve Pts. Won (57%) No. 5

 

 

 

 

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