Its unacceptable for Raonic to go all silent like that when clearly and obviously he did touch the net.
This behavior could be labeled as cheating which I'm all against.
I remember Gonzalez-Blake match at Olympics. I'm fan of both players but when Gonzalez didn't admit he touched the ball before it went wide I was really disgusted. Fair play has to prevail always.
Thoughts the morning after:
I don't think it would have made any difference. Del P was way below form anyway, and Raonic was generally playing well.
The subsequent replay tape and the post-match interview made it clear that Raonic knew he had touched the net.
It is unreasonable to expect the Chair Umpire to rule on something he did not see directly. It would set a bad precedent.
(Any comment from the resident chair-umps?)
It would have been wise and sportsmanlike for Raonic to have conceded the point. Stains like this, as Lugburz notes, do not wash out easily. Still, all of who have been round a long time have made similar misjudgments in our lifetimes and I sympathize with the young player's dilemma. He was lucky to be on home turf.
Even if I believe that it was a terrible moment for DelPo to happen, this is not a point at all.
It's definitely not about winning and losing, it's about preserving fair play and honor, which Raonic showed neither.
If he could have just apologized for it after the match, I'd forgive him, but after that terrible presser he just made it worse.
He's even originally from my country, had great respect for him and his attitude on court but now I'm really disgusted. Just showing how unbiased I am with this.
Big majority of the people criticized him for this, and yes he should be lucky this all happened at home crowd, that's why it might fade away sooner.