NEW YORK: Another Grand Slam, another blowout for Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, the sport’s young pups who should be snapping at the heels of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
There’s a familiar look to the US Open, the season’s final major. With the exception of the absent Nadal, world number one Djokovic, number two Federer, Stan Wawrinka, the third-ranked player, and Andy Murray, the ninth, have all made the quarter-finals.
However, Raonic, ranked at six in the world, and number eight Dimitrov both fell in the fourth round, both still to make the final of a major.
“I’m pissed. I know I can do better. Today was proof of that. I’m not going to hide my disappointment,” said 23-year-old Dimitrov after his straights sets loss to Gael Monfils, five years his senior.
Dimitrov’s Grand Slam year reads quarter-final in Australia, first round defeat at the French Open and an impressive semi-final run at Wimbledon.
“There is a lot of work to be done out there, a lot of preparation. I’m 23, I want to win majors. That’s my main goal. I’m not satisfied with my results so far,” he said.
“I have that hunger to become better every tournament I play, even though I have lost quite a few tough matches this year. I am going to reassess everything and sort of have the whole review.”
Raonic, 23, also made the semi-finals at Wimbledon, was a quarter-finalist in Paris but suffered a third round loss in Australia.
His US Open exit came at the hands of Kei Nishikori in a match which finished shortly before 2.30 am on Tuesday.
The big Canadian, whose season has yielded just a single tour title, was trying to look on the bright side.
“One goal was to make at least semi-finals of a slam this year when we sat down at the beginning of December and talked. So those things are very positive,” he said.
“But then at the same time, when you’re in that position, there’s not really that much satisfaction from it.