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Raonic still coming to grips with success

Milos Raonic says his stunning accomplishments on the tennis court in the last two months have yet to sink in.

Milos Raonic says his stunning accomplishments on the tennis court in the last two months have yet to sink in.

Following last month’s surprising fourth-round showing at the Australian Open, the 20-year-old Raonic upset ninth-ranked Fernando Verdasco in Sunday’s final at the SAP Open to become the first Canadian since Greg Rudsedski in 1995 to win an ATP Tour tournament.

That victory in San Jose, Calif., made him the youngest ATP winner since Marin Cilic took New Haven in 2008 as a 19-year-old.

It also saw Raonic, who grew up in Thornhill, jump 25 places to No. 59 in yesterday’s ATP Tour rankings after starting the year at 156th.

“I haven’t grasped what happened and how it changed everything,” Raonic said on a conference call from Memphis, Tenn. “Right now is not the time to think about that.”

It’s been a wild year for the six-foot-five right-hander with the thundering serve who several experts feel will almost certainly be a top-10 player one day.

At the Australian Open, he downed 10th seeded Mikhail Youzhny and No. 22 Michael Llodra to reach the round of 16, where he fell to Spaniard David Ferrer.

 
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