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Raonic downs Lopez to earn semi-final showdown with Gasquet

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Milos Raonic advanced to his fourth semifinal of the 2013 season on Friday at the Thailand Open in Bangkok, an ATP World Tour 250 event. The 22-year-old Canadian, seeded third in the tournament, put on a dominant serving display to defeat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-3 in under an hour. Raonic maintained a first serve percentage of 86 percent, hit 19 aces, and lost only 8 points on serve in the entire match.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Raonic will face second-seeded Richard Gasquet of France in a rematch of their classic five set encounter in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Open last month which Gasquet won 7-5 in the fifth. Raonic beat the Frenchman in Cincinnati this summer.

Gasquet came back from a set down to beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in his quarter-final encounter today. The Frenchman prevailed 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.