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Published: Sat, January 07, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Raonic to meet Nadal in the quarterfinals


Defending champion Milos Raonic overcame Rafael Nadal in three sets to advance to the semi-finals of the Brisbane International.

Raonic will now take on Rafael Nadal for a place in the semifinals after the Spaniard crushed Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-1.

Nadal was quick to shift focus to the first major of 2017 in Melbourne, as he bids for just a second hard-court title since his 2013 US Open triumph. Dimitrov defeated Raonic, 6-3, 6-4, in the 2013 Brisbane round of 16 and backed it up a year later with a four-set win at the Australian Open.

Wawrinka survived an early scare in his quarter-final, losing the first-set tiebreaker but recovering to win 6-7 (7-2) 6-4 6-4 against Edmund.

Nadal beat Raonic in an exhibition match last week in Abu Dhabi and has a 6-1 lead in career head-to-head meetings, but the Canadian was still looking forward to facing the Spaniard. But Raonic played with more intensity in Brisbane, and Nadal said a couple of lapses were costly.

Edmund, ranked No.45 in the world after breaking into the ATP's top 50 for the first time past year, had the better of the opening exchanges and was brilliant in the tiebreaker but was unable to keep that level of intensity for the full match.

"I played very well and I did a lot of very good things", said Raonic.

There was more of the same in the second set, as the pair continued to exchange body blows. They both served well until the end of the match, Nadal had a break point in game 4 to get back on the scoreboard but he couldn't take it, and in the remaining games Milos was just too solid.

It was Raonic's first win over Nadal since a 4-6, 7-6 (10), 7-5 victory in the 2015 Indian Wells' quarterfinals.

U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka and third-seeded Kei Nishikori will meet in the other semifinal match. But in the first set his serve was slightly off and Nadal took advantage, breaking in the fifth game to take the early lead.

"Tomorrow (against Raonic) it's going to be a very hard match". The most striking fact tied to this one is, of course, the number of break chances that Dominic managed to create, and even more that he converted just 1, which must have been very frustrating for him!

"A little bit of luck never killed anybody", said Cornet, who finished past year ranked No. 46 but now expects to be seeded at the Australian Open.

"It will not stop me", Muguruza said. "It's a big day for me, yeah". "Cornet was playing good".

"Today it was the mentality of the match that kept me around".

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