Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) advanced to the sixth ATP World Tour semifinal of his career and second straight in San Jose, thanks to a 7-5, 7-6(3) victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa at the SAP Open on Friday night.
Raonic, the tournament’s defending champion and third seed this year, did not face a break point, hit 16 aces and broke server once in the match en route to his ninth win of the season over the sixth-seeded Anderson. Raonic led 6-1 in the second set tiebreak and converted his third match point with one of many serves that didn’t come back.
In Saturday’s semifinals, Raonic will take on 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison, ranked no. 94 in the world, in a battle of two of the ATP’s young guns. The two players have met once before, in Indian Wells last year, and it was Harrison who came away with the win in the third round.