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July 8, 2019

Milos Raonic

Wimbledon, London, England

G. PELLA/M. Raonic

3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 8-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What happened as the match went along? Obviously it didn't work out.
MILOS RAONIC: Yeah, just started to run out of gas. I wasn't efficient and wasn't able to play the way I needed to. He started getting in more points and I had to find a way to create like I did early on in the match.

Q. That break in the third is sort of what got him having a chance?
MILOS RAONIC: I think it's an accumulation of things. I think he had the break chances before I did in the fourth. I think he was getting closer and closer in games, not necessarily complete opportunities but at least he was getting a play on balls and I was starting to make some unacceptable mistakes and I think that sort of got him into it a lot.

Obviously he was the one that was physically much better towards the end.

Q. Was he getting onto your serve a little bit or were you just not getting up close to the net for your volley as you had been earlier on in the match?
MILOS RAONIC: I just wasn't serving. The numbers, I was serving significantly slower as the match went on. I just didn't have that push in my legs to serve with the same sort of conviction and to keep him guessing. I think he was able to -- I became a bit predictable. I wasn't pushing up with my legs.

I started going to a few serves that maybe take a little bit more slice and not going for the flat or aggressive ones that I would normally need to use much more.

Q. There was a point where he beat you with a passing shot. Was the back sort of stiffening up a little bit?
MILOS RAONIC: It was, but I think it wasn't the same issue as I had the other weeks. I think it was more once the legs got tired I started trying to move with other things and then obviously stuff sort of starts...

Q. It's getting chilly, too.
MILOS RAONIC: Yeah, but I was pretty warm. I don't think that was necessarily something that -- I was sweating quite a bit. It wasn't something that was affecting me in regard to the back.

Q. I was watching the first two sets and I was going to ask you, do you hate your groundstrokes more on grass than anywhere else?
MILOS RAONIC: Yeah, I just lost a little bit of pace, a little bit of sort of aggression on the groundstrokes. He sort of started to get comfortable, get into it. Lost it a little bit on my serve, as well.

I think all those things had sort of a domino effect on me and started to come down and, you know, it's not good enough.

Q. Did you feel it happening towards the end or did you still feel at some point, because you were so close to finishing it off, did you feel like you were going to pull an escape out there?
MILOS RAONIC: I thought I could do a few things. There was a few times I got to 15-30 first in these kind of things. Either he would play well or I wouldn't have been able to come up with anything convincing enough.

I thought there was a chance till the end, but obviously I felt significantly that the momentum was starting to slip towards the end. The three last games he had match points and converted on the last one.

Q. I guess there wasn't anything you could have done in the run-up, preparation to do any better to be ready for maybe a longer match today?
MILOS RAONIC: I think there is. I think I had enough weeks at home to train, to do fitness. I just have to review what I did well and more importantly what I didn't.

Q. You played so well the first two sets, to have this be the end result.
MILOS RAONIC: It's frustrating. It's twice this year. I ran out of gas in Australia and ran out of gas here. That happened to me a few times early in my career, and I thought it was unacceptable, and I think of it exact same way now.

Q. I remember the first time you said that and played Carsten Ball at the US Open and you said that will never happen again. You couldn't expect it, because you were missing so much time on all...
MILOS RAONIC: I think it's about how I use the time away, at which moments I come back. I feel like I have been making a few blunders on those decisions and how I spend my time when I have been training. I think that all needs to be put into consideration.

Q. What would be your plans? Do you have any idea going forward?
MILOS RAONIC: I'm signed up in Washington. That's what I have to look forward to.

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