Raonic acknowledged that the clay surface will change his strategy [from hard court] but he said that he has been preparing accordingly.“A lot of it is mental, just the patience of it, being ready for an extra ball to come back,” he said. “I’ve spent a lot of time working on clay. It also gives me a lot of opportunities to get back into points. If my opponent hits a good shot, I can find a way to get back into it, sort of give myself the chance to dig my way back into the point.”
Raonic said that he has taken advantage of the opportunity to recharge during the time off.“Everything is good, actually,” he said. “There was a little bit of a positive from that early exit in Rome, from the mental aspect to the physical aspect. The body is good, nothing is really bothering me at all. It let me refresh a bit and get a bit more hungry so everything is good.”“Everything has come so quickly for me, but that won’t stop me from pushing towards what I want to achieve in my career,” Raonic said on Thursday. “I want more and more of success, especially in the Grand Slams and the big tournaments. I’ve always had dreams of winning Grand Slams.