Raonic pushes Nadal to three sets in the Miami quarter-finals

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Tennis Canada

March 27, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – For the second time this month, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) contested an ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final on Thursday, this time at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida. He was trying to reach a Masters semifinal for the first time since playing for the title last summer at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank against Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

The fifth meeting between the 23-year-old Canadian and the World No. 1 in Miami was more tightly contested than the four previous encounters. Raonic won the first set of his career against Nadal when he took the opening set 6-4 following a Nadal double fault. The Spaniard came back with a vengeance in the second set, breaking Raonic for the first time in the tournament early in the second set en route to winning the middle frame 6-2. Nadal carried the momentum into the third set to earn his fifth consecutive victory over Raonic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours, 35 minutes. Nadal will face Tomas Berdych in the semifinals and will be aiming to reach his fourth career Sony Open final, but he is still seeking his first title in Miami.

With his run this week, Raonic will return to his career-high ranking of no. 10 on Monday. His next tournament will be the week of April 14 when he competes in the Monte-Carlo Masters.

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