Raonic hopes Moya can propel him to grand slam glory

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Experience: Moya.

Milos Raonic believes Carlos Moya could prove to be the missing link in his pursuit of grand slam glory after the Canadian announced he was adding the Spanish legend to his coaching staff.

After parting ways with Ivan Ljubicic, who is now with Roger Federer, Raonic has enlisted the help of Moya, a former world No1 and French Open champion, to guide him through 2016 alongside Riccardo Piatti.

“It’s going to be a great complement to my team. I have a big team around me, guys who love what they do, they really want to help me dearly and he’s no exception to that,” said Raonic, whose best grand slam finish was reaching the 2014 Wimbledon semi-finals.

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“I think he can bring a lot of experience, understanding. He’s going to work very hard with me on court but also he’s going to give me that sort of calm and peace in moments maybe where I can’t find it on my own off the court and before the important matches.”

Raonic revealed Moya will join the team in Melbourne, at the Australian Open, which kicks off on January 18, and that the Spaniard will be travelling with him to “most of the bigger tournaments”.

Despite his straight sets defeat to Nadal on Saturday, Raonic leaves Abu Dhabi a happy man, having claimed wins over Kevin Anderson and Stan Wawrinka before falling to the Spaniard in a close encounter.

“I’m very confident… I feel like I can do really good things. I’m playing well, I’m fit, and damn it if I’m not hungry,” beamed Raonic in his press conference.

“Abu Dhabi has been phenomenal. It’s been a premium way to sort of set up 2016. You get three great matches against big players and hopefully things keep going well through the first month of the year.

“Maybe I can play Rafa again in a later stage in a bigger tournament.”

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