Published: Sat, January 07, 2017
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

Raonic beats Nadal for a second time

Defending champion Milos Raonic reached the semi-finals of the Brisbane International as he hit back from a set down to beat Rafael Nadal.

The big-serving Canadian overcame the Spaniard 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and set up a last-four clash with seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov. "I obviously served well".

Returning from a wrist injury, Nadal took the first set but momentum swung at 3-3 in the second when Raonic claimed four straight games.

"It was a great match tonight", Raonic said afterward.

Raonic's raw power was on display throughout this match, as he pounded an astounding 50 winners past Nadal, who only had 19 of his own, including 23 aces. Also, Milos didn't have the right game plan early on, rushing to the net and missing some easy volleys, that pumped Nadal even more, but in the rest of the match, he got everything right, attacking in the right moments and making a lot of damage with his forehand.

"Then I could feel I started imposing myself on him". Nishikori opened the match with a break at 15, finding some great returns early on, and he did the same in game 5 after a backhand down the line victor.

Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori will meet in the second semi-final following contrasting wins.

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The Australian was granted a wildcard into the tournament and won his first round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

But the 31-year-old Swiss scrambled well and was able to break Edmund once in the second set to level the match. In the same game where he broke in the opening set, Nadal had a chance to take a stranglehold on the match.

Nishikori was in complete control against Thompson from the outset.

Nadal said three wins at the exhibition tournament, two wins and a close result in Brisbane gave him confidence his progress was good ahead of the Australian Open, where he is desperate to make amends for a surprising first-round exit previous year.

Unseeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet reached the final of the Brisbane International when Spain's Garbine Muguruza withdrew while trailing 1-4.

"He was a little bit better than me". The most striking fact tied to this one is, of course, the number of break chances that Dominic managed to create, and even more that he converted just 1, which must have been very frustrating for him! "It's a big day for me, yeah".

"A little bit of luck never killed anybody", said Cornet, who finished past year ranked No. 46 but now expects to be seeded at the Australian Open. He would go on to win a hard fought third set. "Enjoy. You have a lovely life, you're young, just enjoy".

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