Raonic reaches Japan Open semis

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 02, 2013
Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada eased into the semifinals of the Japan Open on Friday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. Raonic broke Lacko's serve three times and hit 11 aces under the roof at Ariake Colosseum to set up a semifinal against Ivan Dodig of Croatia. ''I got into the first service game right away and that allowed me to get into the match,'' Raonic said. ''And I just got better and better.'' Roanic took took control early against Lacko with two breaks to finish off the first set in 25 minutes. He went up a quick break in the second and finished the match in just over 1 hour with a service winner. The 22-year-old Raonic, ranked 11th in the world, is coming off a win in the Thailand Open last Sunday and will be seeking his third title of 2013. He lost in the final of last year's Japan Open to local favorite Kei Nishikori. Dodig beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2, 7-6 (3). Sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain upset fourth-seeded Nishikori 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3 to ensure there will be no repeat of last year's final. Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro was playing Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine later Friday.
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