Montreal, May 17, 2014 ISN – Playing in his first semifinal of the season, Milos Raonic
(Thornhill, ON) pushed Novak Djokovic to three sets on Saturday at the
Internazionali BNL d’Italia, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Rome, Italy.
The Serbian world no. 2 recovered after losing the first set tiebreak to come away
with a 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-3 victory after three hours on court to earn a spot in the
final. Raonic played a high level of tennis throughout and found himself up a mini
break in the second set tiebreak, but was unable to pull out the win in straight
sets. The Canadian managed to get eight break point chances against the Djokovic
serve, but he was only able to convert once, while the Serbian broke Raonic’s serve
three times, including twice in the final set.
With his semifinal appearance in Rome, Raonic will return to no. 9 on the world
rankings on Monday which means that he will be a Top 8 seed at Roland-Garros in two
weeks since Juan Martin Del Potro will be unable to compete because of injury.