Raonic up and running as Big Mac watches on

Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:46pm EDT
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By Alison Williams

LONDON (Reuters) - Under the watchful gaze of new coach and tennis royalty John McEnroe, sixth seed Milos Raonic got off to a solid start with a 7-6(4) 6-2 6-4 win over Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta at Wimbledon on Monday.

While the Canadian was not at the powerful best that took him to his first grasscourt final at Queen's just over a week ago, his class and big serve overwhelmed Carreno Busta 7-6(4) 6-2 6-4.

"It's the first match of the tournament. I didn't expect to pick up where I left off in Queen's by any means, but I think I did the things well. I created opportunities," he told reporters.

"Maybe lost my concentration a few times on my service games, but I was always able to bring myself back and efficient out there."

Much of the attention on Court Two was devoted to three-times Wimbledon champion McEnroe, who slipped into the players' box when Raonic was 3-2 up in a close first set. As many cameras and phones were pointed at him as his 25-year-old charge.

But while McEnroe was famous for his fiery temperament on court, Raonic finds him positive and encouraging - and his influence is showing, with the Canadian mixing it up more in matches and appearing to have more fun.

"John is one of the more positive people, especially a contrast to the way he might have been on court. That was the thing probably that's taken me aback the most," he said.

"He's very persistent in enforcing the positive things you do well."   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 27/6/16 Canada's Milos Raonic in action against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Tony O'Brien