Canada’s Raonic swats his way to quarters
TORONTO — Milos Raonic has warmed up to the same song at every match of the Rogers Cup — “My House” by Flo Rida. The song is already omnipresent at sporting events, but it especially reflects how Raonic wants to play at the ATP Tour event in his hometown, dominating every set and showing a new-found understanding of the short game.
The Canadian easily dispatched American qualifier Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday night in the third round of the Rogers Cup. Raonic will play France’s Gael Monfils on centre court at York University’s Aviva Centre in the quarter-finals on Friday.
“I’m taking care of my own things, creating some opportunities. And, you know, I’m going for the shots,” said Raonic on his aggressive play. “I’m taking time away from the other guy, making the guy, from what I can tell, the other side of the net, uncomfortable, not giving him too much rhythm.”
Raonic, from nearby Thornhill, Ont., established his dominance over Donaldson from the very first serve, hitting 235 km/h on the radar gun. He fired four aces to earn his first game and won the set with a slicing backhand volley at the net, pumping his fist as the crowd roared its approval.