“There was a lot of doubt. It was used for that in the second, [had] match point in the third. created opportunities at the start of both sets [and] I was not taking advantage of [them]. It would step up, ”Raonic said. I just kept plugging in, knowing the guys haven’t played in a while. I just wanted to do it right and I was kind of lucky it turned around for me. ”
Krajinovic held the match point at 5-4 in the decisive, Raonic serving 30/40. The former World No.3 missed his first serve, but backed up his second serve with a series of punitive forehands to avoid defeat. Raonic will go on to play defending Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, whom he beat in straight sets at this year’s Australian Open. This was the pair’s only previous ATP Head2Head meeting.
After the match, it was announced that tournament play will be suspended on Thursday to recognize a point in time when tennis is collectively taking a stand against racial inequality and social injustice.
Before the announcement, Raonic told the media, “I think the real disruption, I think that’s what makes the change. I think a lot of real disruption is caused by affecting people in monetary ways, and that can force some kind of change. So I hope with what the NBA is doing, and I hope that we, at least on the men’s and women’s tour, come together and show our support, ”Raonic said. ” The [are] a lot of people who are not treated fairly, are not respected, have to live in fear, a lot of things that I have never had to experience.
“It’s very unhappy, very sad. I hope there will be a change, and I hope the actions that take place over the next few days, weeks, months, years – it won’t change in a day, really, to create a change, a change. system that creates equal opportunities for all, especially in the free world. ”
On the pitch, Raonic has shown good form in the first tournament since the ATP Tour was suspended in March due to COVID-19. In the third round, he broke an eight-game losing streak against former world number one Andy Murray 6-2, 6-2.
The world No. 30 is pursuing his first Masters 1000 title. Raonic qualified for the championship match of the 2013 Rogers Cup, the 2014 Rolex Paris Masters and the 2016 BNP Paribas Open.