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Tennis: Raonic may prove to have best serve of all time

Published on May 23, 2014 6:08 AM
Milos Raonic of Canada serves during his ATP-WTA Rome's Tennis Masters semi-final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Rising Canadian star Milos Raonic, one of the finest servers in tennis, is being tipped as a dangerous outsider for the French Open which begins in Paris on Sunday.

The Montenegro-born, 23-year-old had former world number one Novak Djokovic rattled during last weekend's semi-finals at the Rome Masters and despite going down in three hotly-disputed sets, the Serb admitted he struggled badly with the unpredictable Raonic serve.

"I can't recall the last time when I was feeling so helpless returning, even his second serves," said the six-time Grand Slam winner after he battled to a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 victory before overpowering Rafael Nadal in the final.

Former Canadian Davis Cup player and coach Robert Bettauer believes the cool, composed and confident world number nine may yet go on become one of the best servers of all time.

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