The one to luv: Thornhill’s Milos Raonic cracks pro tennis’s top 100

The one to luv: Thornhill’s Milos Raonic cracks pro tennis’s top 100

Milos Raonic playing in Toronto against Victor Hanescu (Image: cstova, from the Flickr pool)

Canadian tennis sensation Milos Raonic is quickly becoming the hottest new thing on the ATP tour. The 21-year old with the huge serve upset another top-ranked player, downing fourth-seeded Xavier Malisse in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) in the first round of the SAP Open in San Jose on Tuesday. The victory made a good week even better for Raonic, who cracked the top 100 in the world rankings on Monday, jumping to a new career high at number 84.

Raonic has been turning heads in 2011, starting with an upstart run at the Australian Open to kick off the tour this year. He rode a string of upsets all the way to the fourth round before losing to sixth-ranked David Ferrer, who ended up knocking out top-ranked Rafael Nadal en route to the semifinals. Last week, Raonic also advanced to the second round of a tournament in Johannesburg. With one of the biggest serves on the tour right now and the nerve to do battle with some of the world’s best players, he’s the first Canadian in a long time to have a legitimate shot at ascending to the top of the game.

Next up for him at the SAP Open is American James Blake, who’s currently ranked no. 170 in the world but was at one time a top five player. We’ll be watching.

• Thornhill’s Milos Raonic rockets into the top 100 [Toronto Star]