Canadian Milos Raonic played in his first Masters final at the 2013 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montréal—a berth that propelled him into the ATP Top 10 for the very first time.
So when he steps onto Centre Court at Uniprix Stadium for his second-round match this week, he’ll be feeling the good vibes.
But because he’s been out of the game with a foot injury suffered last spring, Raonic has only played a handful of matches in recent months. In fact, since Madrid in early May, he’s made six appearances: three at Queen’s and three at Wimbledon, where he was ushered out by Australian up-and-comer Nick Kyrgios.
At a press conference on Saturday, Raonic said that he felt good at practice with world no.1 Novak Djokovic. “I’m feeling better and better,” he added.
Seeded eighth—a status that gives him a first-round bye—Raonic will face either world no. 48 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland or no. 23 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia out of the gate. Both of his potential opponents are known for their big serves.
“I have to focus on my own serve,” said Raonic. “The match will hinge on a few points. It’ll be different because I’m going to have to try to lengthen the points when I normally try to shorten them.”
But the Canadian superstar is under no illusion. He knows that his absence could hurt him.
“I have to try and find my game,” he affirmed. “I have to try to use all of the shots in my arsenal. I like competing. And it’s always more special in Canada.”