Raonic: Canada can contend for Davis Cup title

by: Matt Cronin | February 04, 2013

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Milos Raonic, who won both of his singles matches in Canada's 3-2 triumph over visiting Spain in Davis Cup, reacts to suggestions that he might have ducked a match with France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2012 tournament when he withdrew with an injury, and that he wasn’t really committed to the competition.

“You can ask people around me, I love to prove people wrong,” Raonic told reporters. “People were saying that maybe Davis Cup doesn’t mean a lot to me and I think I’ve proved that it does. It sucked to hear those kinds of things, to have that kind of doubt. And I guess it was nice to prove some people wrong.”

Raonic added that it’s not unrealistic that Canada could win the Davis Cup this year. Canada will host Italy, which beat Croatia to reach its first Davis Cup quarterfinal in 15 years, on April 5-7. Canada will be playing in its first-ever Davis Cup quarterfinal.

“I don’t think it is [unrealistic Canada could win],” Raonic said. “There’s not a single court I step on—I don’t care what the surface is against a single player—not believing I can win the match. And I’m going to give every inch of strength, when I do get out there, to get that win. The rest of the team will too. And I think we’re going to keep surprising people.”

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