Canadian Raonic uses big serve to beat Johnson

Sat Aug 2, 2014 4:15am EDT
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(Reuters) - Second seed Milos Raonic relied on his powerful serve to blast his way through his quarter-final match against American Steve Johnson at the Citi Open in Washington on Friday.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Raonic took a while to get going but was unstoppable once he found top gear, pounding down 16 aces to beat the unseeded Johnson 7-6(2) 6-2.

The Canadian will meet another unseeded American, Donald Young, in a Saturday semi-final after Young upset seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 3-6 7-6(3) 6-2.

The other semi-final on the hardcourt at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center will pit sixth seed Richard Gasquet of France against either Colombia's Santiago Giraldo or Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Giraldo and Pospisil had completed just two points in their decisive third set on Friday before the match was suspended because of rain. They are scheduled to resume on Saturday before the winner takes on Gasquet later in the day.

Gasquet had the easiest quarter-final match on Friday, waltzing past Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-4 in less than an hour.

Nishikori, the fourth seed, appeared hampered by an ankle injury that restricted his mobility as the Frenchman rode a strong backhand to improve his career head-to-head record to 5-0.

"I saw he had a little problem," Gasquet told ESPN.


Aug 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Milos Raonic gestures against Steve Johnson (not pictured) on day five of the Citi Open tennis tournament at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center. Raonic won 7-6, 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports - RTR40Z41