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Playing in his fifth semifinal of the season, Milos Raonic saved two match points en route to a dramatic 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(4) victory over world no. 3 Andy Murray of Great Britain to reach his fourth final of 2012 on Saturday at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan, an ATP World Tour 500 event.
The 21-year-old Canadian came within two points of wrapping up the match in straight sets and then found himself trailing 1-4 in the final set after being broken for the first time in the tournament. Raonic proceeded to mount an impressive comeback against the Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Open champion, which included saving two match points while serving at 5-6 after a pair of untimely double faults.
This is Raonic's second win over Murray this season after defeating him on clay in Barcelona this spring. In addition, for the second consecutive match in Tokyo, Raonic defeated a Top 10 player in a third set tiebreaker after defeating Janko Tipsarevic in the quarter-finals on Friday where he also saved a match point.
Raonic will attempt to win his third ATP title of the season and fourth of his career on Sunday when he takes on the winner of the second semifinal between Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and local favourite Kei Nishikori of Japan.
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