Raonic: I will leave no stone unturned to win a Major

OUTSIDE THE BIG FOUR: Despite producing the fastest serve of the tournament at 236kmh in the second set,


    Jul 12, 2016

    Raonic: I will leave no stone unturned to win a Major


    MILOS Raonic became the latest man to be foiled by the Grand Slam stranglehold of the "Big Four" when he ran up against the Wimbledon brick wall of Andy Murray and, like others before him, was left scrambling to find hope in the wreckage.

    The 25-year-old insisted he will "leave no stone unturned" in his bid to return to a major final and become the first Canadian Grand Slam title winner.

    However, recent history makes brutal reading for Rao-nic as well as the likes of other hopefuls such as Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and the badly fading Grigor Dimitrov.

    Since Roger Federer won the first of his 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2003, 45 of the following 52 majors have been claimed by the sport's pre-eminent forces - Murray, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

    Raonic had gone into his maiden final at the majors having fired 137 aces in the tournament.

    However, on Sunday, Murray restricted him to just eight.

    Even firing the fastest serve of the tournament of 147mph (236kmh) in the ninth game of the second set brought no reward.

    It came back to him with interest and the Scot won the point. The key for Raonic now is not to fade away.

    Since Nishikori lost to Marin Cilic in the 2014 US Open final, the Japanese has not gone beyond the quarter-finals of a major.

    Thiem, the youngest player in the top 10 at 22, made the semi-finals at Roland Garros this year but claimed just seven games against world number one Djokovic.

    Australian firebrand Kyrgios, 21, made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2014 having knocked out Nadal.

    This time round, he made a limp exit to Murray in the fourth round.