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10/31 13:00 CDT Raonic downs Federer at Paris Masters Raonic downs Federer at Paris Masters SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) --- Milos Raonic secured his maiden win over Roger Federer to book his place in the semifinals of the Paris Masters on Friday. The seventh-seeded Raonic, who had never beaten Federer in six previous meetings, hit 21 aces and lost only 15 points on his serve to complete a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win, keeping alive his chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals in London. Raonic ended Federer's 14-match winning streak but the Swiss has still a chance to overtake top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the race for the year-end No. 1 spot. Earlier, Tomas Berdych sealed his spot at the ATP finals, where he will be playing for the fifth straight year, after rallying to beat Kevin Anderson. The fifth-seeded Czech came out on top of a tight match and won 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 to extend his unbeaten record against the South African to 12-0. Berdych, who hit 16 aces to Anderson's 12 but struggled with consistency on his first serve, made the decisive break in the ninth game of the third set with a backhand winner down the line. "It's probably never going to be like a routine thing," Berdych said about his qualification. "I mean, it's always just proof of having a great season." Two berths are left in the race to London, with Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer in contention with Raonic for the Nov. 9-16 season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena.
 
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