Apparently, Raonic couldn't even walk before the match
Raonic, the 15th seed from Thornhill, Ont., revealed after the match he wasn't given the green light to play until he was moments away from stepping on to the court.
"I had a tough day today. It wasn't as smooth of a day as I would have liked to have," said Raonic, who ended with 19 aces and 41 unforced errors in less than two hours.
"Until probably 45 minutes to an hour before the match, I wasn't even sure I'd play. I rushed over to get a quick MRI on my foot."
"I was having issues walking. I got the clear to play after that. I just had an anesthesia injection into my foot."
Raonic said he played while numb but managed to soldier on despite being diagnosed with inflammation in the joints.
"It was more how much it weighs on you mentally throughout the day when somebody is saying there might be a stress fracture," he said.
"I was able to actually clear it out of my mind pretty well before the match and just sort of go along with everything and just play as well as I could
So, what we saw from today's match wasn't healthy Raonic! People should stop judging this kid before even reading his post-match interview (well, the transcript is not up, that's probably why people still don't know the story)
At least, he showed up on court and tried his best with his injured foot when he couldn't even walk before the match.
Very comparable to Tipsarevic who would've withdrawn right away.