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Now that he has withdrawn from the Delray Beach tournament it means it will go over 5 years since his last title. He won the Brisbane tournament in January 2016 beating the great Roger Federer in final. Straight sets with no TBs needed.

He was able to get all kind of great results that year going very deep in many good tournaments. Closest to winning a tournament he came on grass. Led the Queen's final 7-6 3-0 but couldnt get the job done. Had MP to reach the WTF finals that year.

But ever since that good win over Federer - his last 8 finals are all losses.

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Several walkovers and endless injuries but he has played a great amount of tournaments with very little to show for it. Dangerous player on his day - but I did not expect him to go 5 years without title.

Is he done winning ATP titles?
 

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Tennis and humanity owe Murray a great debt for Queens and Wimbledon 2016.
 
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Imagine being told that after Brisbane 2016. Very unlucky trot. He looked really slam-ready in that match as well, Moya seemed to help his baseline forehand immensely. Sampras chills.

Juan Carlos Ferrero had a similar stretch, went 5.5 years without a title during the 2000s. Won Madrid Masters in October 2003 as the #1 and then didn't win again until April 2009, and even then it was restricted to clay 250s from then on. Was still a top 50 player at worst for basically his whole career.
 
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Imagine being told that after Brisbane 2016. Very unlucky trot. He looked really slam-ready in that match as well, Moya seemed to help his baseline forehand immensely. Sampras chills.

Juan Carlos Ferrero had a similar stretch, went 5.5 years without a title during the 2000s. Won Madrid Masters in October 2003 as the #1 and then didn't win again until April 2009, and even then it was restricted to clay 250s from then on. Was still a top 50 player at worst for basically his whole career.
Raonic was the better player in the AO semi final defeat to Murray in 2016. Great from the baseline and even better at the net. He was genuinely great to watch at that tournament too.
 
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He'll clearly win more, unless he truly goes part-time due to injuries...

He did make the final of Cincinnati just a handful of months ago...
 

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To be honest look at the players he lost the finals to:

Djokovic (2)
Murray (2)
Federer
Cilic

All very high-profile players. Only Sock could be questionable but it was a W/O.

Can you blame him for that?

Also, Milos was quite unlucky with the injuries (has a very fragile body). We talk a lot about Del Potro but Raonic is not a lot luckier in that department.
 

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The only explainable loss is vs Cilic on clay.
He should have won at least one of the others. He was still a choker in important matches, or got outplayed like in Wimbledon 2016 or even vs Pospisil at last USO.
He won't be winning anything big at this point, but could win a 250/500.
 

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Who cares?

He had like one winnable match. He played half a season 4/5 times since then. And been in a bunch of deep tourneys before withdrawing/retiring.

He's still a force.
 
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Yeah you'd figure he would have nabbed one somewhere along the way (he choked that Queens final to Murray in particular), but injuries and trying to peak at big events (slams, M1000s) are to explain. Other than 2020 (which, being a partial season, was probably why he stayed relatively healthy although he still didn't play RG), he wasn't healthy for large portions of the 2016-2019 seasons. And if his goal really was to win any title rather than a big title, it probably would have happened by now.
 

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Raonic was the better player in the AO semi final defeat to Murray in 2016. Great from the baseline and even better at the net. He was genuinely great to watch at that tournament too.
I think that he was in the best form of his life that week before that injury, even better than the Wimbledon final run later that year. I don't know that he would have beaten 2016 Djokovic in the AO final, but just such a crushing injury.
 

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That is some dire vulturing from big Milos.
 

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Yeah you'd figure he would have nabbed one somewhere along the way (he choked that Queens final to Murray in particular)
He narrowly missed a volley for 4-1 in the second set, but in reality Murray's return just started to click. He broke him 4 times from that point on, compared to just once in the Wimbledon final a few weeks later.

If anything his true choke vs Murray that year was the WTF SF. Still no idea how he managed to let Murray back in that one given how poor Murray was looking at the start.
 

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He could have beaten Djokovic in the recent Cincinnati Final, but as he always does wetted his pants on time, with Djokovic not even scaring him with his form.

All career his biggest title is one ATP 500 just sums it up.
 

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5 years is a lot, even with injuries taken into account (I mean, Delpo's longest and ongoing title drought is not even 3 years). Incidentally, Nishikori fared only slightly better — come February he will have won just one title in 5 years.

But Milos not winning a slam or M1000 title is not exactly shocking. He could've done better at 15 ATP 500s (1 final) and 15 ATP 250s (3 finals) he has played since his last title run though.
 

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5 years is a lot, even with injuries taken into account (I mean, Delpo's longest and ongoing title drought is not even 3 years). Incidentally, Nishikori fared only slightly better — come February he will have won just one title in 5 years.

But Milos not winning a slam or M1000 title is not exactly shocking. He could've done better at 15 ATP 500s (1 final) and 15 ATP 250s (3 finals) he has played since his last title run though.
Feels like he has withdrawn in half these events after a win 🤦
 

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He always has this bad losses at the end stages of ATP 250/500 too, or withdraws. It’s pretty frustrating for him surely.
 

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Peaked for one match at W 16, barely defeating an injured, choking federer (we saw a year later what happens against a fit fed) and was trash for the rest of his career always bending over to nadal, djokovic and even Murray. His display in the final was lackluster (but his serve clicked so I give him that at least) and his performance against nadal at AO 17 was nothing short of embarrassing especially considering he went into the match as the slight favourite.
 

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Peaked for one match at W 16, barely defeating an injured, choking federer (we saw a year later what happens against a fit fed) and was trash for the rest of his career always bending over to nadal, djokovic and even Murray. His display in the final was lackluster (but his serve clicked so I give him that at least) and his performance against nadal at AO 17 was nothing short of embarrassing especially considering he went into the match as the slight favourite.
Oh come on - Raonic will never go into a match as a favourite against Nadal 🤣
 
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