Milos Raonic is piling up the stats.
As the only male Canadian tennis player ever to be ranked inside the Top 10 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings, he currently sits at world No. 4 – the highest all-time singles ranking for a Canadian, which he achieved despite a recently pinched nerve in his foot (impressive right?).
On his way to the top four, Milos amassed these nine crazy facts.
Acing record books. In 2014, both Milos and Ivo Karlovic passed the 1,000 aces milestone in one season. This is the second time since records began in 1991 that two players have passed that mark. The world No. 4 hit 1,093 aces, nipping at the heels of Goran Ivanisevic’s all-time record 1,477 aces in 1996.
Boy that’s fast. Milos hit a 155.3 mph (or 249.9 kph) serve at the 2012 Rogers Cup – he must have eaten a nice home-cooked meal that day, courtesy of Vesna Raonic. Only four other players have ever hit a serve faster than him.
One of the best all-time. Milos has one of the most fearsome serves in the game. Novak Djokovic commented that Raonic “has one of the best serves in the world. Very powerful, very precise.” In 2015, he places in the top three of service games won (94%)*, break points saved (73%)*, first serve points won (82%)*, and second serve points won (80%).
*He also places in the top three for those stats ALL-TIME.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 21, 2014
Height is a great advantage to a server. The Canadian’s serve is compared to the likes of Dr. Ivo and John Isner, who are 6’11 and 6’10 respectively. In contrast, Milos is a puny 6’5 but still manages to put up similar numbers.
90s baby. Just a reminder – Milos is now world No. 4, first Canadian ever, not a big deal or anything. En route to getting there, he made the ATP World Tour Finals last year and was the first player born in the 1990s to do so.
He really enjoyed himself too, which you can see in the picture below, alt. title: “Milos feat. the old guys”.
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) November 7, 2014
Title race. Raonic is in the running for most titles among current 25-year-olds and under: Kei Nishikori – 9, Milos Raonic – 6, Grigor Dimitrov – 4, Martin Klizan – 3.
While Kei currently holds the most titles, Milos is a year his junior.
Doubles futility. Milos is one of three players in the current Top 10 ATP rankings to have never won a doubles title. Marin Cilic and Nishikori – both relative newcomers to the Top 10 – are the other two without a title. The last player to achieve world No. 1 without winning a doubles title was Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2003. Maybe these young guys should take a hint.
Serving AND returning. Milos might be dwarfed by his big serving counterparts, but this allows him to be a much better mover and returner – besting Dr. Ivo and Isner in first and second serve return points won, as well as percentage of return games won.
Closet clay courter? Milos’ win percentage is noticeably higher on hard courts at 71%. This is predictable because big servers have a massive advantage on fast courts. But, his winning percentage on clay, 60%, is actually higher than his percentage on the faster grass, 56%. Who knew Milos was a closet clay courter?
Looooong matches. Big men can’t play marathon matches? Wrong. Raonic and Jo- Wilfried Tsonga hold the record at the Olympics for most games played and longest set played (25-23) in a match. Adding another installment to their budding rivalry, Raonic vs. Nishikori at the 2014 US Open tied the all-time latest finish, at 2:26 a.m. ET.