What is with all the Raonic hype?

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  1. Federer20042006

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    Do people honestly believe this one-dimensional serve machine is going to be contending for Grand Slams and/or upsetting freak'n Roger Federer in a best of 5?

    I think he's become the most overrated player on this board over the past few months. I just don't get it.
     
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  2. Jeffrey573639

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    Well crazier things have happened but I agree- I doubt he'll be actively contending for Slams nor do I think he'll be beating Fed this AO. Hell the way he's been playing recently (see Sydney vs Fabio), he'd do a good job of just getting there
     
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  3. fps

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    Well basically there is a dearth of genuinely exciting and talented youngsters coming up, and he's one of the best of what looks like a mediocre bunch.
     
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  4. Chanwan

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    No, but given how close their three matches have been, he's a genuine threat. And yes, I do expect him to contend for slams in the future.
     
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    I've only seen him play a few times. Each time he's made way too many unforced errors off the ground, especially on big points.
     
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  6. heninfan99

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    I think it's not just his serve but his mentality on the court. He seems very calm and deliberate. An analytical mind.

    IF he can improve his return of serve and break more often he's in the mix for a slam as a dark horse.
     
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  7. Cormorant

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    The slew of grand predictions about Raonic's prospects have dried up recently, and you'll be hard pressed to find someone forecasting great things for him in the main AO thread(http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=444874). Until he learns to win when his game is a bit off-especially when his serve isn't on song-he won't warrant being part of the conversation. More worrying still for Milos is that he fleetingly resembles a world beater in best-of-three contests, but his five-set matches in 2012 were all ones to forget(apart from his duel with Monaco in Paris).
     
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  8. slickerthansleek

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    You're thinking of Dimitrov, not Raonic.
     
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  9. uncooling

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    well, we're not talking about just-above-average serve. He's got the BEST serve in tennis HISTORY!

    Just look at his serve stats last year! And he's achieved that much from slow courts too. A-Rod got to 5 GS finals, got to world #1, and been in top 10 for so long just for his serve.

    He kind of plays like John Isner, but he has better movemnet on court, better volley and groundstroke than him.

    I would see him in Top 10 this year for sure, and maybe a couple of titles on hard courts.

    But I don't think he can beat Fed on AO yet (at least I hope not!)
     
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    He has been overrated on this site for a couple of years now, just another serving dork that can't move.
     
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    Roddick moved much better than Raonic and had far more reliable groundstrokes as well.
     
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  12. Relinquis

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    some posters on this forum, and tennis fans in real life, want tennis to be the nba. they want a guy who does a slam dunk over and over again. it doesn't work like that. tennis pros can get used to facing a big serve and you need more than one shot to beat a top tennis player.
     
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  13. veroniquem

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    I'm not sure Raonic will make it to Fed at AO. I think Kohl may beat him. Raonic has a lethal serve but the rest of his game is weak. The best match I've seen him play in 2012 was on grass.
     
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  14. augustobt

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    Madrid on Blue Clay was his best match, in my opinion.
     
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    But that doesn't count since the blue goo was an unidentified surface which thankfully got banned now...
     
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  16. Amelie Mauresmo

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    Well obviously the OP doesn't get it, I guess she doesn't seem to realize the facts so I am going to point it out for her. The best thing about Milos Raonic is he isn't AMERICAN that's the best thing and makes me proud. It is wonderful to see a Canadian do so well in a sport where Canadians have not traditionally done well in. I am guessing because USA men's tennis is doing so poorly some countries especially the Americans have sour grapes at the moment. A young Canadian man is a top 16 seed at the Australian Open while the USA has NO MEN seeded in the top 16 at the Australian Open. Milos Raonic is young and he's very good he's proven himself on the ATP Tour. Raonic pushed Federer three times to third sets in 2012. Federer has praised Raonic, and so have other top players he's the real deal.

    1.Milos Raonic has huge WEAPONS his serve is an incredible weapon and he also has a huge forehand and he volleys very well at the net. Raonic is young and he is improving his physical fitness. Since American men's tennis is currently in the toilet and this is an American message board mostly I am going to point out some facts. Americans are so spoiled because your country has had so many great tennis champions for a long time until the recent drought in male tennis champions.

    2. Canada has never had the kind of success the USA has had with men's tennis. So for Milos Raonic to rise to the elite level and be CANADIAN is tremendous.

    Milos Raonic is Canadian, and this is very important Canada has never really had solid male tennis players. Don't mention Greg Ruseski he's a traitor who left Canada for the UK despite the fact Tennis Canada helped him during his career. It is unique and very inspiring for Canadians to have a young man in the ATP Tour top 20. Tennis has grown in popularity in Canada and millions of Canadians are now following tennis due to Milos Raonic incredible rise.

    Milos Raonic is only 22 years old two years ago he was ranked 159 in the world qualified for the Australian Open and made the fourth round. Next, he wins an ATP tour title and finishes the year at number 31. Raonic also had a serious hip injury slipping on the grass at Wimbledon which basically ended his year.

    3.In 2012, Milos won 2 more ATP tour titles and he defeated to ten players Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray TWICE, Janko Tipsarevic TWICE and he also beat top 20 players Nicolas Almago and Richard Gasquet.


    Raonic is the first Canadian male tennis player to be ranked in the top 20.

    He has a good attitude, he is mature, poised.

    Since Milos is Canadian his tremendous rise is incredible given the fact unlike say other parts of the world Canada has a colder climate.
     
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  17. Prisoner of Birth

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    I'm sorry, all I read in this post is "Canada" and "USA".
     
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  19. stringertom

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    He busted out of nowhere at about the same age as Sampras with the big serve and what looked like at the time other skills that could be honed into a slam-winning package. It hasn't happened like it did for Pete, partly due to the injury setback but he has some time still. ROS, BH and some more consistency on the FH...it can be done.

    As to the US/Canada angle...the void in the US men's pack makes Raonic a surrogate many of us Americans can cheer for until we round back up.
     
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  20. batz

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    Wait, let me get this straight - are you saying that Milos is a Canadian?
     
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  21. 90's Clay

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    I have no clue..

    He makes Roddick look well rounded:shock:
     
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  22. Ellipses

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    If you said this following his initial AO run/San Jose title/Memphis final, I would understand. The board is reactionary and anyone who suddenly does well is heralded as the "next big thing" (see: Jerzy Janowicz). But the hype has died down considerably since then as he has settled into a decent niche of a dangerous top-15 floater with top-10 potential.

    Other than some, er, eccentrics of the board and maybe some optimists, no one is saying for certain he'll be taking out Federer or collecting up 5+ slams.

    To be honest, I probably see a lot more hate or complaints now. There's more complaining about how "overhyped" he is than there is actual hype these days. Or people saying he doesn't play "real" tennis or for some reason getting personal and calling him a "dork" or a "geek" and blah blah blah.
     
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