Milos Raonic eyes top three after winning first all-Canadian final
World No7 Milos Raonic hails a landmark feat for Canadian tennis after beating compatriot Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4 to win Citi Open
Milos Raonic has set his sights on breaking into the world’s top-three after winning the Citi Open title in a landmark final for Canadian tennis on Sunday.
The 23-year-old world number seven was a comfortable 6-1 6-4 winner against compatriot Vasek Pospisil in the first all-Canadian final of the Open Era in Washington.
I’d probably say this is the second biggest thing, two Canadians facing off in the finals of an event
It comes a matter of weeks after Canada dominated Wimbledon as Raonic reached the last four before losing to 17-time Major winner Roger Federer.
Eugenie Bouchard went one step further as the 20-year-old reached the women’s final, losing in straight sets to an impregnable Petra Kvitova.
And Raonic hailed Canada’s rising status: “I’d say it’s probably the second biggest thing for Canadian tennis.
“In that aspect, I think probably Wimbledon, the collection of everybody doing well, was bigger. But I’d probably say this is the second biggest thing, two Canadians facing off in the finals of an event and also with the hype being built around this tournament, as well, Canadians coming home.
“It’s up there.”
The Canadian theme continues this week, too, as Raonic is set to take part in the Rogers Cup in Toronto, whilst the women’s circuit move to Montreal.
And after being presented with a top-10 recognition award after reaching the milestone last year, Raonic targeted breaking into the world’s top three.
“It’s great all the things that have happened in this past year. I think the progress I have made, the development I’ve been fortunate to go through,” Raonic added.
“The sights pretty much go down now. It’s 5, 4, 3, whatever comes after that. It’s about getting better each week and figuring out a way to win matches.”