Raonic powers into last four with help from McEnroe

Wed Jul 6, 2016 1:55pm EDT
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By Pravin Char

LONDON (Reuters) - Canada's Milos Raonic said John McEnroe had played a big role in improving his grasscourt game and match mentality after he overcame Sam Querrey to power into the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday.

Raonic produced an irresistible display to beat American Querrey 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4 in the quarter-finals and set up a clash with seven-times champion Roger Federer in the last four.

The influence of McEnroe, who joined his coaching team in the run-up to the tournament, was apparent as Raonic charged into the net behind his booming first serves and confounded Querrey with a succession of deft winning volleys.

"It was very clear, the things he believed I needed to do," sixth-seeded Raonic told reporters about McEnroe.

"We really focused on not passing up any opportunities to come forward, to always keep the pressure on my opponents, keep them guessing, making them feel uncomfortable."

Raonic said three-times Wimbledon champion McEnroe - who was commentating for TV on Federer's five-set match against Marin Cilic rather than watching his charge play - had also stressed the importance of having a positive attitude on court.

"He definitely keeps emphasizing demeanor on court, which I probably would not have put as one of the priorities," he said.

"I think it's about making sure you don't let yourself just quietly drift away in important moments - whether that's being more vocal, being more positive."   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 6/7/16 Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates winning his match against USA's Sam Querrey REUTERS/Toby Melville