"I think everybody sort of in that Top 10 range, also a little bit outside trying to break through, took a deep breath and said, 'Why can't that be me?''' said Raonic, who defeated Andy Murray at Indian Wells before losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov. ''You watch the match and you see somebody that you feel like you can compete with or maybe you feel like you can beat in a situation and they beat one of the top guys, and the feeling is, 'Why can't I do that?'''
Raonic indicated that the breakthrough helped him return from a break down in the third set against Murray to win, and might do the same for other players.
"I think that just sort of makes those important, crucial moments where the top guys really step up, it just gives you a higher percentage of opportunity in that moment,'' he said.