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TORONTO - Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic set three main goals at the start of the 2014 season. Wholesale Yeezy China .He wanted to reach the top six in the world rankings, go deeper in Grand Slam events and qualify for the ATP Finals. Raonic hit all those targets over a campaign highlighted by a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon and his first World Tour 500-level event victory.He capped his season Friday by winning the Lionel Conacher Award for the second year in a row. The honour is awarded annually to the Canadian Press male athlete of the year.Raonic became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam mens singles semifinal in the Open era. He fell to Roger Federer in straight sets at the All England Club but later gained revenge with his first career victory over the Swiss star at the Paris Masters.That win helped Raonic qualify for the season-ending tournament in London for the first time. He finished the season ranked eighth in the world and posted a 49-20 record on the year. I did achieve the goals that I specified but I always have this yearning for more, more, more, Raonic said in a phone interview after a recent training session in Monte Carlo. It doesnt matter how much I do, I always want more — especially when it comes to my tennis.Before Raonic, the last Canadian to reach a mens singles semifinal at a major was Robert Powell at Wimbledon in 1908, according to Tennis Canada. Montreal native Greg Rusedski reached the U.S. Open final in 1997 but he was representing Britain at the time.Raonic said he has been getting stronger mentally and it helped him get results throughout the 2014 campaign. He made progress at the Grand Slam and Masters Series events and also improved his game on clay and grass surfaces.Its hard as an athlete to really be playing your best throughout the whole year and I was able to consistently play well in the big tournaments, he said.Raonic finished with 29 of the 82 votes (35 per cent) in balloting of sports editors and broadcasters across the country. Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty was second with 19 votes (23 per cent).Doughty won Olympic hockey gold at the Sochi Games and added a Stanley Cup title with the Kings a few months later. Freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau, who successfully defended his Olympic title in mens moguls, was third with 14 votes (17 per cent).Raonic is the first athlete to win back-to-back Conacher titles since hockey superstar Sidney Crosby (2009-10). Other recent repeat winners include basketball player Steve Nash (2005-06) and golfer Mike Weir (2000-01).Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky holds the record for consecutive Conacher wins with four (1980-83).To be in that group of back-to-back winners of the Conacher Award is really something special, Raonic said. Its guys I looked up to and guys, if you ask me, that I feel are the biggest Canadian sporting icons — at least the generations that I know.The award is named after the multi-sport athlete who was chosen Canadas athlete of the half-century in 1950. The winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canadas female athlete of the year will be announced Sunday and the team of the year will be named Monday.Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., is the only tennis player to win the award, which dates back to 1932.He ended an 11-month title drought last August with a victory over fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil in Washington. The win came shortly after he reached a career-high No. 6 in the world rankings.Raonic also made the quarter-finals at the French Open, the semifinals in Rome and Cincinnati and the finals in Tokyo and Paris.Top Canadian male tennis performance of all-time, said Postmedia national sports editor Jack Romanelli.Raonic also achieved a breakthrough by defeating a member of the so-called Big Three (Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic) for the first time in 15 matches. He beat Federer in the Paris quarter-finals in October, a win that also helped him qualify for the year-end London tournament.I wanted to try to put (the Wimbledon loss) behind me and play a much better match, which I was able to do, Raonic said. So I would say its probably the single-most important victory for me in 2014.The Canadian, who will celebrate his 24th birthday Saturday, has worked with coach Ivan Ljubicic for over a year now. The former world No. 3 has helped polish several facets of Raonics game.I will not set the limit for Milos, Ljubicic said via email. He can still improve in every aspect, including his serve which could be the biggest shot in the game at the moment. His will to be better every day is unparalleled and will drive him to more success in the future.The six-foot-five Raonic has always relied on his booming serve. However, his backhand, net play and return game have all improved in recent months.His weapons are really weapons of mass destruction, Canadian Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau said from Toronto. He kind of just lives with his weaknesses, he accepts them and hes just so confident that his weapons are going to be good enough to win every single match. He deserves a lot of credit that way.Raonic earned almost US$3.5 million in prize money over the season, which ended on a down note as he had to pull out of the World Tour Finals with a thigh injury. He took about two weeks off and is now back to 100 per cent.Raonic hasnt set specific goals for the 2015 season but plans to aim higher than he did a year ago.That leaves some room for imagination, he said. But I feel that I can do a lot of big things this upcoming year and I hope that I can more seriously contend for my first Grand Slam and really give myself a go at that.That would be the most important thing for me.---Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter Cheap Yeezy China . - A mixed martial arts fighter who changed his name to War Machine was ordered Friday to stand trial in Nevada state court on 34 felony charges including attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping that could get him life in prison for allegedly attacking his porn star ex-girlfriend and her friend. Wholesale Yeezy Shop . The 22-year-old Kreider was injured Friday night in New Yorks win at Columbus, but played in the next two games -- including Monday nights win over Phoenix. But the left winger, who has 17 goals and 37 points this season, was limited to about 10 minutes of ice time in each of the previous games. https://www.yeezychina.us/ . City has reached new heights under manager Manuel Pellegrini as they transition from big spending/immediate impact to perennial contender. Yaya Toures seeming discontent Tuesday may complicate that, as does the little issue of Financial Fair Play.MARSEILLE, France - Third-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia reached the Open 13 quarterfinals on Thursday after a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, while Michael Llodra advanced again in one of his favourite local tournaments. Gulbis had 23 aces but needed more than two hours to win. Llodra, the 2010 champion and two-time runner-up, put out fourth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-4. Germanys Jan-Lennard Struff also secured an upset, beating seventh-seeded Julien Benneteau, the 2010 finalist, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Fifth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia, No. Discount Yeezy Store. 6 Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, and No. 8 Nicolas Mahut of France progressed. Dodig beat Germanys Tobias Kamke 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-3, Roger-Vasselin advanced with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win against Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine to his third quarterfinals of the season, and Mahut won 7-6 (5), 6-3 against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania. On Friday, Dodig faces top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France, Gulbis plays Mahut, Struff is up against Llodra and Roger-Vasselin takes on defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the second seed, in an all-French match. ' ' '

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