Milos Raonic Becomes First Canadian Man to Reach Wimbledon Final

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Milos Raonic of Canada plays a backhand during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The country of Canada does not have a large tennis pedigree, to say the least–at least in singles. Daniel Nestor is Canada’s most accomplished tennis player, but he has done it all in doubles. In the more-respected one-on-one singles version of the game, Canadian tennis success has been hard to come by.

Canada is currently in the middle of what many are calling its tennis “golden age”, with several up-and-coming players beginning to make names for themselves. It starts with Milos Raonic on the men’s side and Eugenie Bouchard on the women’s. Both have seen success as youngsters, with Bouchard being the first Canadian of either gender to reach a Grand Slam final when she did so two years ago at Wimbledon. Bouchard has been in a definite slump for the past two years, though, so it is up to Raonic to step up. And now he has.

Milos Raonic Becomes First Canadian Man to Reach Wimbledon Final

Raonic keeps on ticking off the career accolades and setting new Canadian tennis records as he goes on. He is the highest-ever ranked Canadian singles player. His eight titles are more than any other. He became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal when he did so at Wimbledon two years ago. He faced Roger Federer in that match as well and failed to advance past the Swiss, losing in straight sets.
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