If you put down a $100 bet on Milos Raonic winning the 2016 Wimbledon finals, you could walk away with $300.
The Canadian is considered the underdog against the local favourite Andy Murray, who holds a 6-3 advantage in career matchups.
But then, who is counting career matchups? Milos Raonic is on a roll!
The three significant wins that got him into the finals did not come easy.
The come from behind win against the Belgian David Goffin was not something that you see every day. Putting Sam Querrey away was somewhat expected but could in no way be taken for granted. After all, he had just eliminated the number-one-seeded Novak Djokovic from the tournament. And then the semi-final win against Roger Federer – a match for the tennis history books.
The last time I watched Milos Raonic play Rogers Federer in a Wimbledon semi-finals, I was enjoying a pint in a dimly lit pub in London. The pub patrons appeared more interested in their ales and bitters than the match. There was no British content and Raonic was not exactly a crowd favourite. The other Canadian in the running, Eugenie Bouchard, was another matter. Her meteoric rise in the world of tennis, her charm and good looks had made her the media darling with many speculating that she would be the next Wimbledon champion. The fact that Raonic was ranked 7th in the world while Bouchard was 13th meant little.
Fast-forward two years. Raonic stands alone where no other Canadian tennis player has ever been – A spot at the Wimbledon finals! Playing some of the best tennis of his career, Raonic has become an inspiration for tennis fans across Canada and a growing base of international fans.
So, will this be the year in which we crown a Canadian Wimbledon champion?