Originally Posted by Snowwy
Niemeyer must have done an outstanding job last year to get Milos to where he is but he is no longer his coach, its Galo Blanco now, isn't it?
Raonic is actually decent from the back of the court but to beat a top 10 player after 5 matches at your second GS is a lot to ask for.
Thanks for the info. I googled and found the following article
MELBOURNE, Australia — While he’s not quite the sensation of this year’s Australian Open — at least not yet — Canadian Milos Raonic is definitely opening a few eyes.
It isn’t just the Canadians in the crowd who know what the product of Thornhill, Ont., is all about, total strangers are raving about his monster serve.
He has support from the Spanish contingent, friends and training partners picked up at his training base in Barcelona. He even had a gaggle of agents, including Ken Meyerson (who represents Andy Roddick) watching his final qualifying match over the weekend.
“I don’t really make any decisions without my parents; I’m not rushing into any decisions, any big life change. Everything’s talked about. I’ve been offered many different things, and sometimes it’s not the best thing for me,” Raonic said. “I feel I’m making a big impact, so it’s going to draw attention. But to me it doesn’t matter. I know that when I get the results, the attention will come.”
It’s heady stuff for a 20-year-old still ranked No. 152 in the world, who just won his first match in the main draw of a Grand Slam event on Tuesday.
“I’ve been getting great advice, even from other coaches,” Raonic said. “(David) Nalbandian’s coach says, ‘Keep at it, you have a very bright future. Just listen to Galo (Spanish coach Galo Blanco) and do the work.’ People are noticing it.”
Raonic said he doesn’t think people perceive him as a typical qualifier.
“Out of all of them, I think I’m one of the few people don’t want to play in the first round. And even compared to some of the guys in the main draw,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons why top players have been willing to train with me, because the level is there and I’m just trying to pick up the experience, learn new things, and show progress in my development with my tennis, my mental game, and my fitness.”
A year ago, Raonic was talking the talk. But he didn’t necessarily believe it.
After a slow start to 2010, retired player Fred Niemeyer, now a Tennis Canada coach, took Raonic under his wing. It made a huge difference.
Raonic said he would have loved to continue working with Niemeyer, who has a young family and didn’t want to commit to being on the road more than 15 weeks a year.
And so Tennis Canada put him together with Blanco, a former top-50 player from Spain who has great connections and who, Raonic says, has given him some tips — especially about playing best-of-five set matches, as he now must do in Grand Slams — that he had never heard from anyone before.
Raonic’s next opponent will be No. 22 seed Michael Llodra, a brilliant but oft-injured Frenchman whose lefty serve-and-volley game is a throwback to the golden era of tennis.
It’s a full-out attacking game that is hard to counter, and increasingly hard to produce in the era of huge hitters and powerful rackets.
They’ll play on Thursday.
Raonic isn’t worried.
“My serve, I can take care of, I don’t care who’s on the other side. I think I serve better than most, so I think I’ll have more chances on their serve than they will on mine,” he said. “I know Llodra likes to play quick. But I know that if I get behind the ball and hit hard, I know I can keep him away from the net.”
Raonic defeated Llodra 6-4, 7-6 in the second and final round of qualifying at the Rogers Cup in 2009. It was the first big splash for the kid, just 18 at the time.
But Llodra was coming off an injury suffered at Wimbledon that year, when he retired in the first set of a second-round match against Tommy Haas of Germany.
After beating Marco Chiudinelli in the first round of qualifying in Montreal, he remembers he absolutely couldn’t move the next day.
Llodra, 30, chucked Tuesday at what he referred to as the “insouciance” of youth, in the confident proclamations of his young opponent.
“I have a few weapons, too,” he said.
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I wonder what Llodra will say to the press now