Twenty-two-year-old Milos Raonic was the youngest Canadian in the year-end Top 20 in 2012 and is currently ranked No. 11 in the ATP rankings. The 6-foot-5 right-hander gave his best performance ever at the US Open last year, when he reached the fourth round, and has been impressive at this year’s tournament, winning his first two matches in straight sets. Seeded No. 10 at the Open, he plays his third-round match against No. 23 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain today.
Raonic is featured in USOpen.org's latest “In a New York Minute” feature and talks about his favorite New York restaurant, which player he’d like to take on a shopping spree and much more.
USOpen.org: When you get to New York, what do you like to do first?
Milos Raonic: I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I like to go to the Milos restaurant. It’s a great restaurant, and I like to go there. It’s in Midtown. There’s one in Montreal, as well, which is known as a great fish place, and then I heard there was one in New York. And I like to see friends in New York. Since 2010, I’ve developed friendships there. There’s always that day in between matches, and I don’t like to always be with the team, so I like to go to dinner with friends. This allows me to always be fresh the next day for training.
USOpen.org: Which fellow player would you take shopping with you in New York?
Milos Raonic: Feliciano Lopez, for sure. I think he knows what to buy for girls and knows how to dress well, so I’d probably go with him.
USOpen.org: Are you a fan of Central Park?
Milos Raonic: Yes, I always like a nice stroll through, but I haven’t done it the last year or two. A couple of the guys on my team run there every morning when we’re in New York.
USOpen.org: Are you familiar with the New York subway system. Your thoughts?
Milos Raonic: The efficiency is there, that’s for sure. I didn’t grow up using subways, so I haven’t gotten used to it. Actually, one time I took the 7 train to the courts, and the turnstile to get in spun around, and it hit me under my knee, and I took painkillers for a day.
USOpen.org: Do you have other favorite restaurants in New York besides Milos?
Milos Raonic: Yes, Tao is good, and Bobby Van’s steakhouse. The Meat Market is good, too.
USOpen.org: If you were going to buy a hotdog off of a food cart on the street from a fellow player, which player would that be?
Milos Raonic: Who is the least likely to sell a hotdog on the street? Roger? Yeah, I think Roger because that would just be another side of the world. I think to just go there and be able to say to him, “Really?” I’d be surprised to see him there, so it’s more that than the hotdog.