SAP OPEN 2013
Raonic Wants Perfect San Jose Record
San Jose, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
World No. 15 Milos Raonic is targeting a perfect record at the SAP Open as the tournament prepares to host its final event. The Canadian is the two-time reigning champion, having captured his first ATP World Tour title at the HP Pavilion in 2011.
“I don't think people can say really too often that they've gone sort of undefeated at one event,” said Raonic. “It would be something pretty awesome to be able to do that. It's a long way [away], but I feel ready and I just have to keep focusing on it and make the most of those opportunities.”
Raonic has thrived during the February indoor swing in the United States the past two years. He has followed up his San Jose triumphs by reaching the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships title match in Memphis.
“I think I've really pushed myself and I work really hard during the off season. That gives me a lot of confidence,” Raonic said. “Those tournaments come up right after I get some matches in, as well. So it's just sort of the timing of it and the work I put in, it starts clicking at those events. That's paid off for me the most.”
The 22 year old is preparing for Canada’s Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Spain, which begins 1 February in Vancouver. Raonic, who advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open (l. to Federer), is joined by Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic and Daniel Nestor.
“I think they're still the favourites. They know how to win,” assessed Raonic. “They do a lot of things well. We have to focus on ourselves and take advantage of the situation we're in, the conditions. We're playing at home. We have control over quite a few of the conditions, [so we'll] try to make the most of that.”