Raonic upsets Nadal in Indian Wells marathon

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INDIAN WELLS. KAZINFORM - Milos Raonic beat three-time Indian Well champion Rafael Nadal 4-6, 7-6 (10), 7-5 for the first time in six career meetings on Friday in a nearly three hours marathon of the BNP Paribas Open to set up a semifinal showdown with Roger Federer.

The 24-year-old Raonic prevented Novak Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray, the world's top four-ranked players, from reaching the semifinals at the same tournament since the 2012 Australian Open. World No. 6 Raonic 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," he said, "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." Nadal took advantage and a break in the third game was enough to seal the first set. The Canadian was committing 14 unforced errors and only finding 52 percent of first serves, which was the biggest weapon in his game, Xinhua reports. Raonic was under pressure again in the second set but things got more complicated for both players. They dueled in the second-set tiebreaker, which had the crowd on the edge of their seats. The Spaniard held three match points but he committed errors on two of them and Raonic smashed a winner on the other. The Canadian also had plenty of chances in the tiebreaker, finally converting on his fifth set point when Nadal netted a shot. Nadal was denied a break point in the sixth game of the third set and came close to victory again. He ultimately paid the price for his missed opportunities. Raonic finally earned a crucial break to go up 6-5 and a chance to serve out the match. "I had more opportunities than him in the first, in the second, and in the third, too. I am happy the way I played. I am happy the way that I competed today. I am happy the way that I stayed in a level during the whole match. I am not happy that I lost," Nadal said, smiling. The Canadian star will now play four-time champion Federer in the semifinal after the Swiss comfortably beat Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-0. The other semifinal features world No. 1 Djokovic against Murray in a rematch of the Australian Open final.

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