Roger Federer's quest for World No 1 spot suffers huge blow after losing to big-serving Raonic
Paris: Canada's Milos Raonic upset world number two Roger Federer 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 to reach the Paris Masters semi-finals yesterday, keeping his bid to reach the World Tour Finals alive.
Roger Federer reacts after losing a point to Milos Raonic in the Paris Masters quarters yesterday. Pics/AFP
It was the first victory for the big serving right-hander over Federer in seven meetings and sets up a last-four matchup against Tomas Berdych.
Raonic needs to win the tournament to guarantee his place in the season-ending finale in London while Federer suffered a blow in his bid to overtake Novak Djokovic in the race for the season-ending world number one spot.
Thrilled! Canada’s Milos Raonic
Earlier, Tomas Berdych guaranteed his place at the season-ending World Tour Finals for the fifth straight year as he defeated South African Kevin Anderson to reach the semi-finals here.
The Czech number one came through a tight contest 6-7, (4/7), 6-4, 6-4 in just under three hours.
Rohan Bopanna and his doubles partner Daniel Nestor lost to Marcin Matkowski and Juergen Melzer 4-6 and 6-7 (3/7) in the Paris Masters semi-finals. In the other semis match, Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Stanislas Wawrinka were crushed by Bryan Brothers — Bob & Mike — 6-3, 6-3.