Milos Raonic - "Claycourt specialist"

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  1. Laurie

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    This is how Sky News have been describing Raonic all evening. In at least three bulletins, they said "Claycourt specialist Milos Raonic beat Andy Murray in the quarterfinals in Barcelona" :shock:

    Are Sky News crazy? And did anyone else hear this?
     
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    They must have meant that Raonic knows how to play real tennis!
     
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    When Milos wins his first French Open he will thank Verdasco first.
     
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    ha ha ........:)
     
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    If that's true, that's just tragic. Sounds like the British media trying to cover Murray's ***....like it somehow makes the loss acceptable to a clueless public, if it comes from one of these grinding "claycourt specialists" (which Raonic ain't).

    Truth is, the British media love Murray being percieved to be part of this so-called "Big Four".....the three guys above him represent arguably the strongest threesome in tennis history. Placing Murray in the same company (despite him not actually winning a slam yet) makes Murray look like a "great" in the scheme of things, and also makes British tennis look good. So they have to keep selling it. If a relatively obscure player like Raonic beats him, they have to boost up his credentials (now Raonic is a claycourt monster haha:)), or else people start wondering why Murray is losing to some nobody before he gets to meet his fellow "Big four" brethren Nadal, in the final.
     
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  6. PCXL-Fan

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    If Milos can't perform well, here, on his primary surface he isn't going anywhere.

    Guys, don't overrate Milos he's not going anywhere. Almost lost against a somewhat offgame Murray on his very very best surface.
     
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  7. gavna

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    two of the biggest guys and hitters on tour (Milos and Isner) doing very well on the dirt......love it. Both guys when on can blow anyone off the court, why such defense from the Murray fans - Murray is a pop gun to Milos's cannon:)
     
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  8. gavna

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    i wouldnt say clay is Milos best surface? kid grew up on hard and indoor courts - not much red clay in Toronto. I do believe the slow courts help his game a bit slowing down everything - but until now he really hasn't won anything on clay to say its his best surface.
     
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    I was being sarcastic.

    His best surface is Verdasco. He walks all over that.
     
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  10. Marius_Hancu

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    good PR angle
     
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    Maybe, compared to Andy, he is! :wink:
     
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    There is undoubted hype for Murray from the British press. (What country's press doesn't hype it's best players and we Brits have only the one?). But they are not the only ones in referring to a 'Big 4'. I have seen CNN and ESPN Tennis refer to it as well. It is not entirely unjustified. While there is a clear gap between the Big 3 and everyone else because they are the ones currently winning the Slams and most of the other top titles, there is also a gap between Murray and everyone below him because he has made several recent Slam finals (most recent in 2011) and been in the last 5 Slam semi-finals . Plus he, like the Big 3, and unlike anyone below him (apart from veterans like Roddick, Ferrero, Davydenko and Hewitt) is a multiple Masters winner and is the only guy, apart from the Big 3, who is still winning them (two most recent in 2011).

    So, while the Big 3 are certainly a group by themselves, there is also some justification for a Big 4 in terms of some of the more broader achievements in the current game.
     
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