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Wimbledon | Raonic v Isner

Wimbledon | Raonic v Isner

MILOS Raonic might be taking on John Isner in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday

But his coach, former Goran Ivanisevic, has stolen the Canadian’s pre-match thunder.

Croatian Ivanisevic has accused England of being “arrogant” as his countrymen take on Gareth Southgate’s men in the World Cup semi-finals on the evening of his player’s bid to return to the last-four at the All England Club.

It's going to be coming down to those moments about being sharp in the right moments, who is going to be able to step up, be the one that's able to dictate, putting more pressure on the other guy. I think it's going to be decided by small margins. Milos Raonic

Ivanisevic said: “I hope we don’t lose to the English; because already you are in the final.

“You already won. You’re coming home. You’re bringing the trophy – you’re so arrogant. You are the best. You are the most beautiful. For sure you are coming home, but I hope not with the trophy.”

He added he planned to watch it at a local in his temporary Wimbledon locale, saying he wants to be “in the pub with the other English people and hopefully I’m going to be the last one standing and laughing”.

Raonic was “the supporting actor” in the final when Britain’s absent superstar Andy Murray lifted his second Wimbledon crown.

And the former world No.3 aims to take another step towards the leading role as he takes on American John Isner in the Battle of the Big Serves.

It will be a time for spectators to don their tin helmets and the pair lock horns second on No.1 Court.

Raonic, 13th seed and formerly advised by John McEnroe, said: “The key is going to come down to one, two, three points here and there. That’s pretty much it. I don’t think we’re going to have many consecutive opportunities on each other’s serves.

“It’s going to be coming down to those moments about being sharp in the right moments, who is going to be able to step up, be the one that’s able to dictate, putting more pressure on the other guy. I think it’s going to be decided by small margins.”

Ninth seed Isner’s comments almost mirror that of Raonic.

Isner, whose last Slam quarter-final was at the US Open seven years ago, said: “There’s a good chance it’s going to come down to a few points here and there. It’s strength on strength, for sure.

“He serves exceptionally well. He does other things very well, too. He attacks well. He looks for his forehand a lot, which is effective on this surface. Look, if one of us gets a crack, a few chances, we’re going to have to take it. It very well could be a close match. I’m looking forward to it.”






About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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