Big serving Milos Raonic upset world number two Roger Federer 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to make the Paris Masters tennis tournament semifinals on Friday and stay alive in the race to reach the World Tour Finals.
The victory for the Canadian was his first over Federer in seven meetings and also snapped the Swiss maestro’s 14-match winning streak.
Winner of six ATP titles, including in Washington this year, Raonic must claim the Paris title to guarantee his place in London for the eight-man season finals.
In a match dominated by serve, Raonic took the first set in a tie-break before forcing the only break of serve in the match at 5-5 in the second before closing out the tie.
He has now reached the quarter-finals or better in 13 of his last 18 Masters appearances.
Behind a first serve percentage of 67 per cent and 21 aces, Raonic always had his illustrious opponent under pressure and served out the match in just over 90 minutes.
“I played well throughout the match and served really well so it’s a great victory,” said Raonic, who now faces Tomas Berdych in the semifinals on Saturday.
Raonic created the only break point of the first set at 3-2 up but Federer was up to the task as booming first serves from both players dominated affairs…. see more