The Canadian will fly into Abu Dhabi this week for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and there’s every chance he could win it, given his potential.
Celebrating his 26th birthday today, Raonic has continued to climb since reaching the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open as a qualifier, later claiming the ATP Newcomer of the Year award.
Today, he sits third in the world rankings – the highest place ever achieved by a Canadian man or woman.
In his eight years as a professional, he has broken national records, becoming the first Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open last-four, the French Open quarterfinals, and the 2016 Wimbledon final.
Raonic has eight ATP World Tour titles to his name, all won on hard courts, with his most recent at the Brisbane International in January 2016.
Other birthdays on this day
1971: Duncan Ferguson, ex-striker who played for Everton and Newcastle United (45).
1979: Carson Palmer, American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals (37).
1983: Jesse Williams, American high jumper and former world champion (33).
1986: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaican sprint queen who won Olympic 100m gold in Beijing and London (30).
Spectators at the MCG witnessed history on this day 35 years ago as Australia’s Dennis Lillee took the wicket of Larry Gomes, his 310th in Test cricket, to break the world record set by Lance Gibbs in the first Test against the West Indies in the 1975/76 first Test.
He finished the innings with figures of 7-83 – the best he ever bowled in his Test career.
Lillee took another three scalps in the second innings as Australia wrapped up a 58-run victory. The feat was more remarkable, given he was out for a year in 1972 after suffering three stress fractures in his lower spine.
Lillee would go on to finish his career with 355 wickets before England’s Ian Botham set a new mark in 1986.
Other memorable events on this day
1981: Wayne Gretzky becomes the fastest NHL player to score 100 points in his 38th game.
1982: Imran Khan takes eight wickets as Pakistan beat India by an innings and 86 runs.
1999: Joe Sakic scores his 1,000th career point with an assist against the St. Louis Blues.
2011: Jonny Wilkinson effectively ends his international career by moving to Toulon on a two-year deal.
What better way to spend Boxing Day than look back and reflect on Christmas?
You’ve got all those pictures up, tagged everyone you needed to, unwrapped those gifts and cleaned up the left-overs.
Now, here’s your chance to relate to some of the biggest stars in sport.
Have a look at how some of these athletes spent Christmas.
How did you celebrate Christmas?
Merry Christmas world ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/fCzCJ8s8f9— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 24, 2016
the Rosbergs are wishing you all loads of fun for christmas!!! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/4yAet8aj2m— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) December 24, 2016
Merry Christmas 🎁🎄🌟 I hope you enjoy your holidays & get to spend it with your loved ones ❤ pic.twitter.com/rmOLizjXTv— Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) December 24, 2016
Don't miss out on our SPECIAL XMAS DEAL!Buy your AB de Villiers Cricket Cooler by clicking on the following link https://t.co/zenhXsG76Q— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) December 21, 2016
Merry Christmas everyone. 🎄 🎄 I hope all of you have a great day. 👍 😊 pic.twitter.com/Cs1zAT2ZUM— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas everyone!! Have a great day!https://t.co/pniFMr4EIc— Harry Kane (@HKane) December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas!!!!!!— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you all have a great day 👨👩👦👦👶🏼🎄 pic.twitter.com/0IiJ15Lf3e
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) December 25, 2016
Muy FELIZ NAVIDAD A TODOS 🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻 LOS AMO MIS AMORES 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/neY4DEsdN2
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) December 25, 2016
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas! It's Game Time 🏀 pic.twitter.com/WN9UBNs6uB
— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas Everyone 🎄 So glad to have you all with us to celebrate Christmas ! Tellement heureux de vous avoir tous à nos côtés pour fêter Noël #friends❤️ #santaclaus #joyeuxnoel #Frero #Love ! P.S : What do you think about our new double Christmas Jumper ?? / Que pensez vous de notre double Pull ??
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) December 25, 2016