Raonic advances to San Jose semis

SAN JOSE: Defending winner Milos Raonic of Canada advanced to the semi-finals of the “$531,000” ATP San Jose Open on Friday by beating South African 6th seed Kevin Anderson 7-5, 7-6 (7/3).

3rd seed Raonic fired 16 aces and never faced a break point in booking himself into a Saturday matchup in opposition to American Ryan Harrison, who previous ousted Bulgarian Dimitar Kutrovsky 6-1, 6-4 at the indoor hard court tournament.

Raonic took the 1st set with his 8th ace of the match, one fewer than Anderson blasted in the opening set, and won six of the 1st 7 points in the tie-breaker on his way to successful in one hour, 42 minutes.

In later quarter-finals, US second seed and 3-time San Jose winner Andy Roddick will face Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin and French 5th seed Julien Benneteau will meet Belgian Steve Darcis.)