Tipsarevic to play Raonic in Japan Open 2012 quarterfinals

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Janko Tipsarevic won in two sets, whilst Milos Raonic advanced due to Troicki’s retirement. They will play each other in Japan Open 2012 quarterfinals.

31-year-old qualifier Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland was no match for Tipsarevic. The third seed Serbian was always a step in front of his rival as he stole his serve in the third game of the opener. He maintained his advantage until the end of the set with some options to extend the lead and to close the opener even before serving it out with ease. In the second set 143rd-ranked Chiudinelli also started producing break balls, yet only Tipsarevic was converting them. The Serb combined a third game break with a subsequent 0-40 escape to make it 3-1. The World no. 9 was in a comfort zone after the Swiss dropped his second consecutive service game. The latter had three break points to postpone his second round exit, but the Serb held his final serve too for a 6-4, 6-2 end score. Tipsarevic hit 10 aces as opposed to Chiudinelli’s 6 and was also dominant in winning both first (76-66%) and second serve points (58-33%).

Tipsarevic will meet well-rested Canadian Raonic in Tokyo quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded player’s second round encounter with Viktor Troicki ended prematurely. The Serb picked up a right calf injury and withdrew from the match after losing the opening three games. Raonic-Troicki 3-0 ret.

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