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.
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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.