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Milos Raonic, on his return to the ATP World Tour on Wednesday, suffers a straight-sets loss to Alex de Minaur in Brisbane.

Disappointed Raonic Looks To Get Match Sharp

Canadian return to ATP World Tour ends early

Milos Raonic was left “heavily disappointed” on Wednesday by his second-round exit at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp, which marked his return to the ATP World Tour after a three-month absence. But the Canadian believes through good practise he’ll be ready for his next tournament.

“I am heavily disappointed,” said Raonic, after his 6-4, 6-4 loss to Australian wild card Alex de Minaur. “I was hoping to do better.

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“It’s normal, you don’t expect to have everything clicking [in the first match of the year], you expect to go out there and have to fight and hopefully put things together, and I wasn’t able to do that today."

It was Raonic’s first competitive match since he was forced to pull out of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships with a right calf muscle tear in October last year.

“The main thing [now] is just get myself really sharp with my game and that’s going to be done through good practise rather than matches," he added.

The 27-year-old will now head to Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open, which begins on 15 January. Raonic reached the 2016 semi-finals (l. to Murray) at the first major of the year.

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