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Raonic upset by Dimitrov in Brisbane semifinals

Jan 07, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Top seed Milos Raonic will not defend his Brisbane title as he was surprised by Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament on Saturday.

Falling 7-6(7), 6-2 to the No. 7-seeded Bulgarian, Raonic lost in one hour and 27 minutes. His serve, which was ferocious a day earlier against Nadal, saw him hit only four total aces and make just 46 per cent of his first serve points. Dimitrov didn’t give him a single look on his service games, while Raonic was broken twice.

Dimitrov moves on to challenge Kei Nishikori in the final, while next for world No. 3 Raonic will be the Australian Open, where he reached the semifinals last year. The first Slam of the year will commence January 16.

Also posting a loss on the day was Daniel Nestor. He and 2017 partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the No. 4-seeded duo in Brisbane, lost to Aussie wild cards Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals.