Raonic defeats Gulbis to set up Toronto semis against Pospisil

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Home crowd favorites Milos Raonic, seed number eleven, and Vasek Pospisil made it past their quarter-final opponents at Coupe Rogers 2013 and became the first Canadians to enter Montreal semi-finals since Mike Belkin in 1969.

Raonic was matched up against Ernests Gulbis who knocked out second seed Andy Murray the day before. The athletes were fighting toe to toe in the opening set until the Latvian created a couple of break points at 6-5, but it came to nothing and the set went to a tie-break nonetheless. The domestic player took over the initiative in the thirteenth game and went one nil up easily enough. The unseeded Latvian bounced back quickly by seizing Raonic’s serve in the opening game of the set two and maintained his one break advantage to level the terms – an exciting decider followed. The Canadian number one broke first to make it 3-1, yet his lead was short-lived as Gulbis clawed right back and the rivals were still tied at 4-4. Raonic now faced a break point, but he escaped the danger and stunned his opponent in the follow-up game to wrap up the three-set thriller with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 victory after two hours and a half of tennis on Center Court.

Unseeded Pospisil advanced after spending only twenty minutes on court as Nikolay Davydenko of Russia pulled out of their quarter-final match with bronchitis. The upcoming all-Canadian clash will be his second career semi-final after losing to Falla in Bogota earlier this year. Pospisil – Davydenko 3-0 ret.

“This is a huge week for me points wise,” 23-year-old Pospisil said after entering the semis. “I’m going to make a really big jump regardless of how the match goes tomorrow. I’m just excited and will use the confidence I have and keep playing well.

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