Milos Raonic is looking to build on an injury-free start to the season and keep making improvements in his game.

The 29-year-old Canadian reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, and returns to competition this week at New York. And for a change, he says he's fit and fresh.

"I think it’s the first time in six years that I finished competing at the Australian Open not having any injuries, where I can train and get ready for the next tournament,"Raonic said.

Having reached a Grand Slam final and won eight titles in his career, the huge-serving Raonic says he can achieve more still.

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Raonic is gaining steam, focusing on his game instead of injuries

Raonic is gaining steam, focusing on his game instead of injuries

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"I think I can find a level above what I had before," he said. "I was happy with the way my game has been progressing and got better and better through the [Australian] Open. I didn’t play much tennis [during 2019], so I’m still finding my game, finding my way but I think it was a very positive starting point."

Raonic has experienced frequent physical problems and changed coaches several times. Having played less than a dozen events in 2019 because of back and knee issues, it's not surprising that his biggest priority is staying injury-free so he can get on court.

"Through injuries, the past three years have sort of been squandered. I have to work my way back up. I feel like my tennis is there but I have to stay healthy and give myself a chance to compete," he said.

Raonic is No.32 in the rankings.

Raonic is gaining steam, focusing on his game instead of injuries

Raonic is gaining steam, focusing on his game instead of injuries