Raonic looking forward to Federer clash

by: Matt Cronin January 18, 2013

Milos Raonic, who will face Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, feels like he has a good chance to pull off an upset. The 13th-ranked Canadian spent the last two nights sweating off a fever before beating Philip Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

The 22-year-old is 0-3 against Federer lifetime, but nearly upset him last year in Madrid.

“I’ve had my three shots against him, and I look forward to my fourth,” Raonic said. “I think I got pretty damn close the one time in Madrid. I got pretty close in Halle. I just know how to deal with it. I think I have a higher tolerance within myself and a higher belief within myself stepping up against Roger.

“Against Roger, one thing that has sort of worked well for me, I try as much as I cannot to play on Roger’s terms, to play on my own terms. I have to go out there and do my job. Take care of my serve is number one. Really dictate or try to dictate as much as I can and go for it, not get in too much rhythm. … Sort of sink my teeth into the match as much as I can. Not just go for it out there, give it my all, stay aggressive as much as I can, try to get ahead in as many points as I can.”

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