San Jose, California: Defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada advanced to the semi-finals of the $531,000 ATP San Jose Open on Friday by defeating South African sixth seed Kevin Anderson 7-5, 7-6 (7/3). He will now face Ryan Harrison.
Third seed Raonic fired 16 aces and never faced a break point in booking himself into a Saturday matchup against American Ryan Harrison, who earlier ousted Bulgarian Dimitar Kutrovsky 6-1, 6-4 at the indoor hardcourt tournament.
Raonic claimed the first set with his eighth ace of the match, one fewer than Anderson blasted in the opening set, and won six of the first seven points in the tie-breaker on his way to winning in one hour, 42 minutes.
In the other match of the day, Harrison moved closer to his first ATP Tour title, advancing to the SAP Open semifinals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Bulgarian qualifier Dimitar Kutrovsky on Friday.
Fresh off his Davis Cup debut last weekend that helped the Americans sweep Switzerland, the 19-year-old Harrison blew past Kutrovsky in 62 minutes. Harrison came from 2-0 down in the second set and took advantage of two calls overturned by replay to break the Bulgarian's serve for the final time.
"To get out there today and have a match that lasted about an hour, it was a very good thing for me," said Harrison, who has played three straight days since an journey from Switzerland to the Bay Area.