Tennis: Raonic, Gasquet advance to Washington semis
Published on Aug 2, 2014 10:53 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic and 2013 US Open semi-finalist Richard Gasquet advanced to the last four of the ATP and WTA Washington Open with straight-set triumphs on Friday.
Canadian second seed Raonic fired 16 aces and lost only nine service points in defeating American Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, taking only 79 minutes to book his third semi-final of the season.
"I'm getting better and better," Raonic said. "I played the right way at the end of the sets. When I got the advantage I kept the intensity.
"I've gotten better at knowing what I need to do. I step up in the tie-breakers and that has worked out well." Raonic, seeking his sixth ATP title, lost the Rome semi-final to top-ranked Novak Djokovic and at Wimbledon to 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.
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