Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Milos Raonic Battles Through a Scary First Round Game

It didn't come easy as Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic had to battle through a scary first round match to advance in the Us Open. Raonic faced an unseeded Colombian named Santiago Giraldo. Giraldo showed some grit and took Milos to five sets.

In fact, Milos  was stretched in the 4th set. Down 3 games to 2 and Giraldo serving, Milos found a way to break the Colombian's serve. The match was basically over at that point but had Giraldo won that critical set, I could be writing an article about our beloved Canadian losing the match.

I think the difference, especially in the 5th set was conditioning and physical energy. Raonic seemed to posses better conditioning and energy. His opponent seemed to run out of gas towards the end of the 4th set. Give credit to Milos for recognizing that and taking his game up a notch when it counted.

Ranic also showed why he's the 15th seeded player at the tournament. Despite struggling at times and having some scary moments, the Caandian showed some grit and determination to win a 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

I believe that Milos can do better. I also think that he was nervous today, eager to win for the first time at the US Open Tennis Championship. Now that he's got the nerves out of his system, it's time to brush away the cobwebs and focus on doing a better job in the next round.

Canadians love their athletes and teams. We're also forgiving when they lose and thrilled when they do well. If Milas makes it past the second round, I'm sure we'll be happy and think he did well. I actually think that Raonic will need to advance to the 4th round to have had a successful open.

Advancing to the 4th round will provide Milos with some needed experience at a championship event and also provide him with some confidence going forward. It's time for Canadian sports fans to be overwhelmed and not underwhelmed with our athletes performances.

Call me an ogre but I'm in need of some great, miraculous performances from our Canadian heroes. Whatever happens, I will continue to support, cheer for and write about my favorite Canadian teams and athletes.

At this year's US Open Championship, I will be yelling, Go Canada Go, eh! I will also be cheering for more Raonic victories.

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