Milos Raonic: 'Improvements are needed'

Milos Raonic of Canada serves to Jan Hajek in their first round match at  the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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Milos Raonic concedes that he has plenty of work to do before he can challenge the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on a regular basis.

Canada's Milos Raonic has admitted that he must improve certain aspects of his game if he is to ever challenge the world's top four players.

The 22-year-old is viewed by many as a bright prospect who has the potential to battle for major titles in the future.

However, the current world number 15 admitted after his round-four exit at the Australian Open to Roger Federer earlier today that he has a long way to go before he can live up to that billing.

"Even though I was limited in some things, there's some things to compete with Roger, to compete with Novak (Djokovic), to compete with Andy (Murray), to compete with Rafa that I need to do better," said Raonic. "I take those things and I learn. I've had moments sort of like, and I've had history in my matches, where things don't go my way.

"I sort of just bow out and I'm not really as competitive. But I'm happy with sort of how I managed it given the circumstances, just sort of kept pushing."

Raonic has won three career titles to date.

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his fourth round victory over Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060