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Tennis: Raonic beats Berdych to Bangkok title

Canadian Milos Raonic used his thumping serve to ace his way to victory over top seed Tomas Berdych Sunday, with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win at the Thailand Open. Third seed Raonic took full advantage of his big serve to beat his Czech opponent, firing 18 aces -- his last to set up a pair of match points. After winning the first set in a tiebreaker, the Canadian tightened his grip in the second to earn the fifth title of his career.

Raonic boosts London hopes by taking Thai title

(Reuters) - Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic boosted his hopes of qualifying for the end-of-season ATP World Tour finals in London by downing Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(4) 6-3 to win the Thailand Open on Sunday. The tall 22-year-old gave a lesson in serving as he delivered 18 aces on the indoor hard court in Bangkok to win the $567,530 title, his second of the year after he retained his San Jose crown in February.

Tennis: Berdych, Raonic to play for Bangkok title

Top seed Tomas Berdych and number three Milos Raonic both battled through for three-set wins to set up a Sunday final at the Thailand Open. Berdych struggled for nearly three hours before finally defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 7-5. Raonic put out defending champion Richard Gasquet in the second loss of the day for France, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Canadian winner hammered 23 aces in a fightback lasting for just under two hours. Czech Berdych had his troubles with the game of the 14th-ranked Simon, 2012 losing finalist.

Tennis: Serbia level with Canada in Davis Cup semis

World number one Novak Djokovic kept Serbia alive in the Davis Cup semi-final match against Canada on Sunday by defeating Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-2. Raonic put up a strong fight against Djokovic in the first set, but his hopes took a major blow when he lost the tiebreak 7-1. In the second set Djokovic took total command and convincingly made two service breaks.

Canada takes 2-1 lead over Serbia in Davis Cup semis

Belgrade, Sep 14 (EFE).- The Canadian doubles team of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil topped the Serbian duo of Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8 here Saturday, moving their country within one win of its first-ever Davis Cup final. Nestor and Pospisil got their second service break of the match en route to capturing the second set but they did not create another break-point opportunity against the Serbians' serve until the 17th game of the fifth set.

Djokovic puts Serbia ahead before Canada hit back

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia and Canada were level at 1-1 in their Davis Cup semi-final on Friday after Milos Raonic beat Janko Tipsarevic to redress the balance following Novak Djokovic's straight-sets win over Vasek Pospisil. Thriving in a partisan atmosphere similar to the one that carried Serbia to a 3-2 victory over France in the 2010 final, Djokovic crushed Pospisil 6-2 6-0 6-4 before the towering Raonic hit 34 aces to outgun Tipsarevic 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-3 10-8.

Tennis: Djokovic, Raonic lead squads for Davis Cup semi

World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia and 11th-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic will lead their teams, whose rosters were revealed Tuesday, into a Davis Cup semi-final showdown next week. The tie, set to be played on an indoor clay court before a sold-out crowd of 15,000 at Belgrade Arena, will see Montenegro-born Raonic join Frank Dancevic and the doubles duo of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in the Canadian lineup.

Gasquet blunts Raonic serve to reach quarter-finals

By Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) - Frenchman Richard Gasquet saved a match point and survived a barrage of heavy shots from Canada's Milos Raonic before booking a spot in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday. Raonic thumped 39 aces past Gasquet but the eighth seed waited for his opportunities, winning 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(9) 7-5 after an exhausting slugfest that lasted four hours and 40 minutes.

Generation Next sleeper Raonic stirs at U.S. Open

By Will Swanton NEW YORK (Reuters) - Whisper it quietly but a beast might be stirring at Flushing Meadows. Milos Raonic is the sleeper of the U.S. Open. Touted as a leading member of Generation Next in men's tennis, the powerful 22-year-old Canadian roared into the fourth round on Saturday with a 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez. Raonic's thunderous serve has landed him a chart-topping 65 aces for the tournament. His heaviest delivery of 145 miles per hour is the quickest of the event.

Tennis: Nadal routs Raonic, lifts third Canadian title

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal needed just 68 minutes to deliver a body blow to Canada's biggest tennis week, routing Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 to capture the ATP Montreal Masters on Sunday. The Spaniard then made it clear that he is planning to carry on next week to the final major tune-up prior to the US Open, the combined ATP-WTA Cincinnati event. "We'll see tomorrow, but I'm fine. I was able to recover well, I felt good physically today," said Nadal who made quick work of Raonic, who now becomes the first Canadian to be ranked in the top 10 on the ATP Tour.
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