2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic has revealed that seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is one of the athletes that inspires him. Raonic, ranked at No. 14 in the world, made a positive start to his Australian Open campaign as on Monday he handed a straight-set defeat to Federico Coria 6-3 6-3 6-2.
While Raonic was beating Coria at Melbourne Park, Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers were beating the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. After beating Coria, Raonic rushed to check out the Super Bowl score. “I checked the score pretty much immediately,” Raonic said, per the ATP website.
“It was on in the locker room so I didn't have to make too much of an effort to look out for it”.
Raonic acknowledges Brady's greatness
Brady, 43, captured his seventh Super Bowl and was named the Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career.
“I think I look up to a lot of athletes that have done incredible things. I think Tom for a lot of people has a pretty special example just because he wasn't the kid prodigy that sort of went on to do the great things he's done.
I think a lot of people can reference that,” Raonic said. “I wasn't necessarily by any means, by stretch of the imagination, one of the best juniors. But I kept plugging away just to try to be better and better each day.
It came together for me. I think a lot of people appreciate that aspect about it”. American tennis star Reilly Opelka, who beat Yen-hsun Lu in his Australian Open opener, also rushed to check out the Super Bowl score.
“That was the first question I asked my coach,” Opelka said. “I’m surprised a little bit to be honest that the Bucs swept them like that. I’ve never seen anyone make it look as easy as [Chiefs quarterback Patrick] Mahomes, but I think today was a rough day for him”.