Milos Raonic’s injury in his Australian Open semi-final against Andy Murray left him unable to compete at his best.
The Canadian was two sets to one up on the second seed with hopes of reaching his first ever grand slam final growing with each point.
However, Raonic was forced to take a medical time out after three games in the fourth set.
Upon his return, he clearly wasn’t operating at 100 per cent, leaving the door open for Murray who won the final two sets in style to complete an impressive comeback.
“It was just a difficulty to push off my leg with my adductor midway through the third set,” the 25-year-old told atpworldtour.com.
“That’s what it was. It’s unfortunate. Probably the most heartbroken I felt on court, but that’s what it is. I’m happy with where my tennis is at…I just wish I could play tennis.”
Despite the result, Raonic can take much confidence from his performance in Melbourne, where he upset fourth seed and former champion Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round before dominating Gale Monfils in the quarter-finals to reach the final four for just the second time in a grand slam.
What makes this feat more impressive is the fact that he spent several months on the side lines in 2015 following a foot injury that required surgery.
Having reach the top four early last year, 2016 surely holds greater things for Raonic should he remain injury free.
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