[Daily article] September 9: Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic (born 1990) is a Canadian professional tennis player. He
reached a career-high world No. 4 singles ranking in May 2015, as ranked
by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). His career highlights
include a Grand Slam final at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships and two
Grand Slam semifinals at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and 2016
Australian Open. He was the 2011 ATP Newcomer of the Year, and has been
ranked continuously inside the top 20 since August 2012. Raonic is the
first player born in the 1990s to win an ATP title, to be ranked in the
top 10, and to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals. He has eight ATP
singles titles, all won on hard courts. He is frequently described as
having one of the best serves among his contemporaries. Statistically,
he is among the strongest servers in the Open Era, winning 91% of
service games to rank third all-time. Aided by his serve, he plays an
all-court style with an emphasis on short points. Raonic has more ATP
titles and finals appearances in the Open Era than all other Canadian
men combined.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Yelü Dashi, the Liao dynasty general who founded the Qara-
Khitai, defeated the Seljuq and Kara-Khanid forces at the Battle of
Qatwan near Samarkand, present-day Uzbekistan.


The commissioners overseeing the construction of the United
States’ new capital city named it in honor of the first president:
Washington, D.C.


At Lick Observatory, Edward Emerson Barnard discovered
Amalthea, the third moon of Jupiter and the last natural satellite
discovered by direct visual observation.


World War II: About 3,000 Polish Army forces began a nearly
month-long defence of the Hel Peninsula during the German invasion of


Ahmad Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, was
assassinated in Afghanistan.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. The act of cleaving or the state of being cleft. [from 19th c.]
2. The hollow or separation between a woman’s breasts, especially as
revealed by a low neckline. [from 20th c.]
3. (by extension) Any similar separation between two body parts, such as
the buttocks or toes.
4. (biology) The repeated division of a cell into daughter cells after
mitosis. [from 19th c.]
5. (chemistry) The splitting of a large molecule into smaller ones.
6. (mineralogy) The tendency of a crystal to split along specific planes.
[from 19th c.]
7. (politics) The division of voters into voting blocs.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.
–Leo Tolstoy

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