A day after knocking out world No. 4 Andy Murray, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) faced another tough opponent on Saturday in world no. 6 David Ferrer of Spain in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, an ATP World Tour 500 event.
Ferrer had won the three previous meetings between the two players and made it four in a row with a 7-6(2), 7-6(5) victory after just over two hours of play on the clay in Barcelona. Despite the loss, Raonic showed his improving form on the red dirt against one of the best clay court players in the world. In both sets, Ferrer played the important points well and took advantage of some Raonic errors which were few and far between a day earlier against Murray.
Nestor and Mirnyi fall in Barcelona semis Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON) and Max Mirnyi of Belarus also lost their semifinal match in Barcelona on Saturday. The pair were defeated 6-3, 0-6, 10-6 by the Polish team of Mariusz Frystenberg and Marcin Matkowski. Nestor is a four-time champion of the Barcelona event.