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Raonic, Gasquet advance to Washington semis

By AFP, Washington
03rd-Aug-2014       
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Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic and 2013 US Open semi-finalist Richard Gasquet advanced to the last four of the ATP and WTA Washington Open with straight-set triumphs Friday.
Canadian second seed Raonic fired 16 aces and lost only nine service points in defeating American Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, taking only 79 minutes to book his third semi-final of the season.
"I'm getting better and better," Raonic said. "I played the right way at the end of the sets. When I got the advantage I kept the intensity.
"I've gotten better at knowing what I need to do. I step up in the tie-breakers and that has worked out well."
Raonic, seeking his sixth ATP title, lost the Rome semi-final to top-ranked Novak Djokovic and at Wimbledon to 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.
Next up for Raonic is Donald Young, a 25-year-old US left-hander who outlasted South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, to extend his best run in three years. "He's very talented and he's very dangerous," Raonic said of Young. "He neutralizes well. He defends well."
French sixth seed Gasquet ripped Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 in only 59 minutes to reach the other semi-final against the winner of a later match between Canada's Vasek Pospisil, who upset Czech top seed Tomas Berdych, and Colombia's Santiago Giraldo.
Gasquet, who improved to 5-0 against Nishikori, withdrew from Atlanta last week with a sore right arm, but fired nine aces and won all three break-point chances he created. "It's a big victory for me to win against him," Gasquet said.
Gasquet, nagged by a back injury earlier this season, reached his fourth semi-final of the year in quest of his 11th career title and first since last October at Moscow.
"I was stopped for about three months," Gasquet said. "It's difficult. The level is very high and you have lost your confidence. It's very important to keep your belief."
Nishikori connected on 62 percent of his first serves to 58 percent for Gasquet, but the Frenchman won 85 percent of his first-serve points to 64 percent for the world number 11.
 "This is very disappointing," Nishikori said. "Didn't do anything. I could do better. Hopefully I'll play better next week."
Johnson had ousted the ATP season ace leaders, John Isner and Ivo Karlovic, in his two prior matches but could not complete a giant-killer hat trick against Raonic, third in tour aces.
"It sucks watching the serve go by you 500 times," Johnson said. "You have a bad 30-40 seconds, suddenly it's 6-3 and you don't know what happened."
Young, ranked 73rd, had lost all four prior ATP matches with Anderson. His Washington run is his deepest since reaching his only ATP final in 2011 at Bangkok, where he lost to Britain's Andy Murray.
"I'm just believing a little more. I'm staying in the matches more, not tapping out," Young said. "I'm still fighting and able to hang in there."

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