Raonic Tennis Indian Wells
BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2015
Indian Wells, U.S.A.© Getty ImagesMilos Raonic scores his first win over Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals in Indian Wells.
Milos Raonic saved three match points to claim his first win over Rafael Nadal Friday at the BNP Paribas Open. The Canadian beat the third seed 4-6, 7-6(10), 7-5 to advance to a semi-final meeting with Roger Federer as he looks to reach his second consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.
“At the moments when I was playing those match points, it didn't really feel like match points, ” said Raonic. “It was just like another point that I was trying to get through… [I was] just sort of going through the paces at that moment of what do I need to do now, not really signifying it as a match point.”
Raonic ended Nadal's perfect record against Canadians, notching his first win against the Spaniard to reach his fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final.
World No. 6 Raonic was broken for the first time this tournament as the three-time champion took a 2-1 lead in the first set. Nadal went on to win the first set in 36 minutes. The Canadian saved three match points in the second-set tie-break to force a third set.
Raonic finally earned a crucial break in the third set to go up 6-5 and a chance to serve out the match.
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The Canadian fired 19 aces and saved six of his seven break points faced in the two hour, 58-minute victory.
“I feel obviously all sorts of good, ” said Raonic. “Obviously there was a lot of up and down through that match, and all I could ask of myself was just keep competing and hope to find a way. I got fortunate a few times and it worked out.”
“I think I did well, " said Nadal. "I enjoyed the fact that I felt well with myself on court again. I felt competitive. I felt strong, with the right energy. I lost that match thinking much more positive things than negative ones."
Federer leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Raonic 8-1.
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Raonic has advanced to the quarter-final or better at eight of his last 10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Only Federer can match the Canadian’s quarter-final record in that period.