Forgive us, but every time we think of Milos Raonic (pictured above at the US Open), that American Airlines “Big Man” commercial comes to mind (the one with the really tall, awkward basketball player named Milos, whose agent is trying to get him on a team – anywhere).
Well, anyways, this Milos plays tennis and we may as well just add him to our list of Players On The Rise.
A Canadian from Thornhill, Ontario (just like our friend, Peter Polansky!), Raonic has made his way to the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open after upsetting seventh-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
At just 19 years of age, Raonic never had a win on the ATP Tour. Now he’s had two, having upset Igor Kunitsyn 7-6, 6-3 in the first round.
“I had chances in the first set with two set points. But even through I didn’t convert them, I kept my composure, that’s something I sometimes don’t do. This win is a good thing for me and my ranking. My goal this week was to just be a contender,” Raonic said after the match.
While we would like to tell you more about Milos Raonic, his Wikipedia page was lacking (with a lot of “to be written” and “to be continued”). Perhaps someone should spruce that up. Seems like after this showing, that page will get a lot more traffic!
A qualifier into the draw, Raonic will face fellow qualifier Igor Andreev for a spot in the semifinals.
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