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January 17, 2019

Milos Raonic

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

M. RAONIC/S. Wawrinka

6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What do you think made the difference?
MILOS RAONIC: Not much. A few points here and there. I think I had my chances in the first set. Was up a break in the second. He was the better player in the fourth there. Sort of just held on, got through. Was a little bit lucky there, as well.

Q. You said you liked the roof closed. Is that particularly because of the serve or just in general?
MILOS RAONIC: I think my record indoors has always been better than my record outdoors. I think less external factors. You sort of get a more consistent feel on the serve. Depending on if it's overcast or not, the roof gives you a reference point for the ball toss.

Q. You seemed to switch up your tactics a little in the fourth, started to serve-volley a little bit, which didn't necessarily pay off.
MILOS RAONIC: I serve-volleyed the whole match. I think I came in almost a hundred times. It worked better in the beginning. I slowed down a little bit in the fourth. But also at the same time it worked when I needed it. Tiebreak it got me two free points. It goes up and down. I can't control what the other guy does. I can try to hit my spots, come forward, so he can't feel free to just sort of chip the ball in.

Q. Is it a nice challenge playing him? He's a very good player. He sort of counters you in lots of ways. A major challenge to play a guy like that, isn't it?
MILOS RAONIC: Yeah, it's difficult. I'm glad I passed sort of the test in that aspect. Obviously both matches considered, it's a very difficult way to start the tournament. But I'm happy with the level I put forth.

Q. Could you talk us through the third-set tiebreak.
MILOS RAONIC: To be honest, I don't really remember too much of it. I don't think either of us had a set point on serve until I had the last one. So he was serving extremely well when the roof was open. I think he was out-acing me at that point. And then, yeah, just came down to a few shots here and there in that third set, and in the fourth, as well.

Q. Pierre-Hugues Herbert?
MILOS RAONIC: He's played well. Two very good wins over Sam and over Chung. I think we're going to try to play a similar way. I think he does things at the net well. He tries to play aggressive. He tries to take swipes at the ball. I think we're both going to be looking for the opportunity to dictate and who can control more.

Q. Was your chef a little bit slow with the meal tonight? Is that why you were late for the press conference?
MILOS RAONIC: No, I was taking my time. I was like, Tom Tebbutt, all the times I had to wait for him, it wouldn't hurt in the new year if he has to wait for me.

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