10/31 13:00 CDT Raonic downs Federer at Paris Masters
Raonic downs Federer at Paris Masters
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
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