Tennis: Raonic beats Thiem to reach semis of Cincinnati Masters

Milos Raonic of Canada hits a return shot to Dominic Thiem of Austria.
Milos Raonic of Canada hits a return shot to Dominic Thiem of Austria.PHOTO: AFP

CINCINNATI (AFP) - Milos Raonic brushed aside Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Friday.

The Canadian fourth seed won the first meeting between the two at a canter, dominating the Austrian eighth seed.

Raonic, who along with Thiem skipped the Rio Olympics, advanced to his seventh semi-final of the season in 68 minutes.

The 25-year-old finished with 32 winners, while Thiem, who has won four titles in a stellar year, managed only 10 winners and failed to fashion a single break-point chance.

Raonic will face a semi-final clash with either Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray, the top seed, or Australian Bernard Tomic.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov put out new US number one Steve Johnson in straight sets, 7-6 (10/8), 6-2.

Both players came into the quarter-finals off the back of wins over seeds.

Dimitrov knocked out number two seed Stan Wawrinka in the third round, while Johnson beat French seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Dimitrov will play the winner of the match between former US Open champion Marin Cilic and fellow Croatian Borna Coric, who stunned Rafael Nadal in round three.

Angelique Kerber kept alive her hopes of usurping Serena Williams as the women's world number one this week.

The German came from a set down to beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.