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  • Raonic hungry for Melbourne success

    1/10/13 12:55 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Raonic hungry for Melbourne success Milos Raonic cannot hide his hunger for some Australian Open success, as the 13th-ranked Canadian begins final preparations for the major which starts on Monday.

    The 22-year-old is playing the eight-man Kooyong Classic at a four-day special event where he is appearing for the second year in a row after playing one match in 2012 but retiring afterwards due to fatigue following a title and a rough flight from India.

    This year, it's steak that's currently inspiring the 22-year-old as Raonic vows to stick with the successful career tics which have brought close to the ATP top 10.

    In Melbourne, that means a meaty meal at the same unnamed steak house in his Crown casino hotel which has served the purpose for the Canadian ever since he first appeared in the main draw in 2011.

    "I prepare in the same way with the same superstitions," Raonic said on Tuesday at the Kooyong event launch, where he begins play against Aussie tennis hero Lleyton Hewitt.

    "It doesn't matter who I play, I'll eat a steak before a match at the same place. I've probably had 20 of them there. Everything stays the same, I know what works for me and I don't want to stride away from it. I'll be having one tonight."

    Raonic joking cautioned that just because his favorite joint is within the casino complex, it doesn't mean anything more. "It's in the casino - but I don't gamble," he quickly added. "The steaks are expensive enough and I don't want to lose more."

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