Milos Raonic was left “heavily disappointed” on Wednesday by his second-round exit at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp, which marked his return to the ATP World Tour after a three-month absence. But the Canadian believes through good practise he’ll be ready for his next tournament.

“I am heavily disappointed,” said Raonic, after his 6-4, 6-4 loss to Australian wild card Alex de Minaur. “I was hoping to do better.

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“It’s normal, you don’t expect to have everything clicking [in the first match of the year], you expect to go out there and have to fight and hopefully put things together, and I wasn’t able to do that today.”

It was Raonic’s first competitive match since he was forced to pull out of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships with a right calf muscle tear in October last year.

“The main thing [now] is just get myself really sharp with my game and that’s going to be done through good practise rather than matches,” he added.

The 27-year-old will now head to Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open, which begins on 15 January. Raonic reached the 2016 semi-finals (l. to Murray) at the first major of the year.

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