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No Paris joy for Roger Federer!

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
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
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.

Bopanna, Paes lose in Paris

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.

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