The Eh Game

Milos Raonic is looking ahead to the Davis Cup after loss at Australian Open

Dustin Pollack
Eh Game

View photo

.

Milos Raonic couldn't take down Roger Federer at the Australian Open. (Getty Images)

Fresh off his loss to Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open Milos Raonic made two things clear. Though an injury to his left foot nearly kept him from taking the court for the match, he wasn’t going to use his sore foot as an excuse for the loss, and he was adamant that it only required a few days rest and wouldn’t keep him from performing at the upcoming Davis Cup world group tie against Spain.

“I don’t think [my foot played] a large part in the result last night, I really think it was Roger playing well and me not being there as much as I needed to be,” Raonic said on a conference call Monday evening. “I made a lot of errors that in no way were connected to my foot and I just didn’t execute as well as I needed to and that’s just what it came down to more than anything else.”

Raonic fell to Federer in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2 early Monday morning (eastern time) and it’s the fourth time in his career that he’s lost to the world no. 2 ranked player. While he’s disappointed with the loss Roanic says that he isn't dwelling on it.

“What can happen sometimes is that you can just have a bad day,” he said. “Every athlete has great days, every athlete has terrible days and a lot of OK days. There’s a lot of things out of your control and all you can ask [yourself] is to go out there, compete as best you can, try to win and that’s what I did.”

Raonic has made an impressive jump in the ATP rankings over the last couple of years. In January of 2011 he was ranked 152 in the world and in less than two years he cracked the top-15 but he acknowledges that the next step of breaking into the top-10 or even the top five is going to require a lot more consistency in his game.

“It’s about bringing a high-level [of play] week in and week out through every week of the year and I had a lot of good results last year, a lot of mediocre results and a lot of poor results,” he said. “I think it’s about getting out there and [playing at] a high level pretty much every match and every week and I think if you do that then eventually when you do get lets say a better draw or opportunity you sort of just get through that and you pick up more points and I think that’s the biggest thing I need to incorporate.”

Now his focus has to quickly shift from competing for individual success to playing for his country as the Canadian Davis Cup team – made up of Raonic, Frank Dancevic, Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil – is set to take on Spain in less than two weeks (Feb 1-3). Raonic will take another day or two in Melbourne to try and heal his foot – the pain he was feeling prior to and during the match with Federer is simply from overuse – and then he’ll meet up with his teammates in Vancouver and begin preparing for the Davis Cup.

"I’m going to be there to play the matches I’m needed for and the matches I’m called upon for… I know I’ll be ready to play my best tennis,” he said.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Lam to take over as Bristol head coach next season

      Lam to take over as Bristol head coach next season

      (Reuters) - Pat Lam will leave Connacht to take over as head coach of Bristol next season, replacing the English Premiership club's former director of rugby Andy Robinson who was sacked last month. Lam, a former Samoa international, led Connacht to … More »

      Reuters - 3 minutes 12 seconds ago
    • Belgian premier league match abandoned after crowd trouble

      The Belgian premier league match between Standard Liege and Charleroi was abandoned on Sunday after both sets of fans threw objects at opposition goalkeepers. Referee Serge Gumienny stopped the match for the first time in the 58th minute because … More »

      Reuters - 19 minutes ago
    • Shut-eye goal against Swansea among Eriksen's favourites

      Shut-eye goal against Swansea among Eriksen's favourites

      (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen said his "closed-eye" goal against Swansea City was among his best for the club and that it was more pleasing than the one he scored against Chelsea. The first of Eriksen's two goals in Spurs' 5-0 … More »

      Reuters - 25 minutes ago
    • Lazio apologise for Lulic comments about Ruediger

      Lazio apologise for Lulic comments about Ruediger

      Lazio have apologised for comments made by left back Senad Lulic after he said AS Roma defender Antonio Ruediger was selling socks and belts two years ago. Lulic's remarks were interpreted as racist by the Italian media, including the Gazzetta … More »

      Reuters - 34 minutes ago
    • I'd prefer to win game than score, says Zlatan

      I'd prefer to win game than score, says Zlatan

      (Reuters) - Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have preferred a victory for his team to scoring a goal in the 1-1 draw against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. The Swede cleverly flicked the ball over onrushing Everton … More »

      Reuters - 52 minutes ago