Milos Raonic Falls In Third Round At Wimbledon

Canada’s best bet of tasting tennis glory at Wimbledon came to an end earlier today when Milos Raonic was eliminated from the tournament.  The number seven seed on the ATP World Tour was upset by Nick Kyrgios of Australia in four sets on July 3rd.

Raonic entered the tournament as Canada’s favoured star, and was betting on qualifying for the semifinals or better to match his record at last season’s major.  The 24 year old’s unprecedented run at the 2014 Grand Slam came to a difficult end in the semis when former champion Roger Federer eliminated Raonic in straight sets.

Raonic missed the 2015 French Open due to foot surgery, and he appeared to struggle with pain in his foot in the match against Kyrgios.  The Canadian took the first set in an extra frame, but fell to Kyrgios in sets two and three.  By the time of the fourth set, Raonic’s pain was very visible as he connected for only three game points.

Raonic’s elimination places Canada’s hopes at Wimbledon squarely on the shoulders of Vasek Pospisil.  Canada’s top seeded women’s star Eugenie Bouchard was eliminated in the first round on the WTA Tour, continuing her terrible streak this season that has seen her win only 2 of her last 13 matches.

Pospisil will play in his third round matchup tomorrow in a matchup against the UK’s James Ward.  If Pospisil can hold off the lower seeded Ward, he will advance to the highest round at a Grand Slam event in his professional tennis career. 

Might Pospisil become the new Raonic and Bouchard?