The main story from Milos Raonic’ withdrawal in Paris was that Andy Murray is now number one in the world but for the Canadian there is a bigger picture.
Withdrawing from Paris is a big blow at an important time of the season as it has put his place in London in jeopardy. The former Wimbledon finalist does have a week to get fit for the world tour finals otherwise Goffin or Berdych will be lining up to take his place.
Since making the semi-finals of Cincinnati the Canadian has lost to Berankis, Harrison, Sock, Youzhny (three ranked outside the top 50) as well as two withdrawals from tournaments with Grigor Dimitrov and Andy Murray progressing respectively due to injuries for the 25 year old.
Milos has had a good year on the tour and it began with his first and what turned out to be his only title in his first tournament of the season as he produced a stunning performance against Roger Federer in Brisbane.
He did make the final of Wimbledon of course but his season has lacked spark and I don’t think has improved much from where we saw him last year.