Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) – Canadian slugger Milos Raonic upended
Roger Federer in Friday’s quarterfinal action at the $3.7 million Paris
The seventh-seeded Raonic straight-setted the second-seeded former world No. 1
great Federer 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 on the indoor hardcourts at Paris’ Palais
Omnisports. Raonic fired 21 aces and tallied the only break of the tight match
Federer had been 6-0 lifetime against the 32-year-old Raonic, including
2-0 this year.
The 33-year-old Federer was fresh off his title in his hometown of
Basel, Switzerland, last week and was the Paris Masters champ in
2011. He’s was riding a 14-match overall winning streak, including a title
at the Shanghai Masters just three weeks ago.
Raonic’s semifinal opponent on Saturday will be fifth-seeded former Wimbledon
runner-up Tomas Berdych, who came from behind to beat 14th-seeded 6-foot-8
South African Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4 and secure a berth in the
season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for a fifth year in a row.
The Czech star Berdych was the Paris Masters champion back in 2005.
This marks the final tournament of the regular season on the ATP World Tour.