Raonic comes back and will play the semifinals against Tsitsipas

The Canadian rallied a set and match point against Filip Krajinovic. Tsitsipas made the pass when Opelka retired in the first set.


Canadian Milos Raonic, after overcoming a set against and match point, defeated Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 7-6 (2) and 7-5 on Wednesday, took the ticket to the semifinal of the Masters 1000 tournament from Cincinnati.

Krajinovic, who reached the final of the 2017 Rolex Paris Masters, performed well, serving for the 6-4, 5-4 victory. But Raonic raised his most aggressive service tennis and rises to the net, which in the end made the difference and assured him the victory in the first duel that both players starred as professionals.

Krajinovic held match point at 5-4 in the deciding goal, with Raonic serving at 30/40. The former world No. 3 missed his first serve, but backed up his second with a series of forehand shots to avoid defeat. From that moment on Krajinovic fell apart in his game while Raonic consolidated his game to ensure victory after two hours and 42 minutes of action.

Raonic used the power of his serve to place 24 "aces" with four double faults by 5 and 2, respectively, from Krajinovic, who went from more to less and in the end he could never with his rest overcome the power of the blows and raises to the network of the 29-year-old Canadian tennis player, currently number 30 in the world.

"The key to the game was to stay in the fight and feel mentally strong that I could come back from the game if I concentrated and did my best tennis and that's what happened," said Raonic at the end of the game.

Raonic will play the semifinal with current Nitto ATP Finals champion, Greek fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, who managed to be among the top four in Cincinnati for the first time after American Reilly Opelka had to retire in the opening set of the party. Opelka was up with a 6-5 partial in the first set when he began to feel discomfort in his right knee, which in the end prevented him from continuing in the game, which was the first duel he had as a professional with Tsitsipas, both 22 years old.

The duel between Raonic and Tsitsipas will be the second after the two met for the first time this season in the third round of the Australian Open, winning by straight sets, 7-5, 6-4 and 7-6 (2) .

Results of the day.

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