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Milos Raonic

Raonic© Getty ImagesMilos Raonic has had a career-best year on the ATP World Tour.

Milos Raonic enjoyed a career-best season in 2013, breaking the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and winning two ATP World Tour titles at the SAP Open in San Jose (d. Haas) and the Thailand Open in Bangkok (d. Berdych). He narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, travelling to London as alternate instead. 

The 22-year-old Canadian reveals to ATPWorldTour.com the three things he can’t live without, his favourite home cooked meal and his biggest travel pet peeve.

If you could have any job in the world, outside of tennis, what would it be?
Something financial. I grew up studying that and it’s something I have an interest in. But if we’re talking any job, something extreme, then I’d want to be an NBA player.

What songs would we find on your ideal playlist?
I think it changes too often to put it down to one or two songs. I think I’m very inconsistent with my musical tastes. I don’t really make playlists. I just scroll through the songs or albums directory, pick out one thing and that’s what I listen to. I can’t remember the last time I actually made a playlist.

What’s your biggest travel pet peeve?
Airports. Delays, waiting, having to show up early – the whole thing. Sitting on an airplane for 12 hours. I love being in different parts of the world, I just dislike how long and sometimes how tedious it is to get there.

Do you have any pre-match or on-court superstitions?
I like to eat steak every night before I play. I’ve done that for many years now and I don’t think I’ve really missed many, maybe just one or two matches when I’ve finished late or there isn’t steak available. But I don’t think there’s been more than a handful of matches where I haven’t eaten steak the night before.

What’s your favourite food you’ve tried when you’ve been travelling?
My favourite food that I consistently have is sushi. So other than steak obviously the night before I play, every time I’m not playing the next day, or something like this, I really love having sushi. 

Biggest celebrity crush?
Candice Swanepoel.

When was the last time you cooked for yourself or others?
Is cereal considered cooking?
No.
Is macaroni and cheese that you put in the microwave considered cooking?
No, that’s warming up.
I cannot say I’ve cooked then.
Can’t cook or won’t cook?
Well one affects the other. I don’t want to poison myself or other people!

Ok, what’s your favourite home cooked meal that your mum makes?
Roast lamb with roast potatoes. It’s the one dish that I always have when I come home. I have it at least once.

What are three things that you can’t live without?
My cellphone, a computer and my family.

What was your first car?
I don’t have a car. I have a driving license, but I have not purchased a car. For how much I travel… I really get the impulse to want to buy a car, but always when I think about it or I get close to wanting to commit to the idea, I always ask myself, ‘Really? Is this what you want to do? Have a car for like two weeks a year of driving?’ If I were to buy a car, I’d really like a Tesla Electric car.

Which app on your phone could you not manage without?
The messaging app.

What’s your idea of a perfect holiday?
Getting to go home and just being around familiar things and family. 

What was the last book you read and film you saw?
The last book I read was Steve Jobs. I saw a movie the other day… I’m trying to remember what. Obviously wasn’t that great if I can’t remember it!

If you could pick one player from any era in tennis and play them on any court, who would it be and where?
Pete Sampras and I’m not sure if it’s Centre Court at Wimbledon or night match at the US Open.

Fancy your chances in his prime?
Tough. I think he has one of the best night match records at the US Open and the guy has seven Wimbledons. So it would be a very difficult task.

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