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Raonic - Berdych to clash in Bangkok final

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Milos Raonic advanced to his ninth career final and third of 2013 on Saturday at the Thailand Open in Bangkok, an ATP World Tour 250 event.

The 22-year-old Canadian, seeded third in the tournament, avenged his tough five set loss to Richard Gasquet in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Open last month with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over the Frenchman in the semifinals. Raonic hit 23 aces, won 81 percent of his first serve points, and managed to break Gasquet’s serve twice in the match.

Raonic  will attempt to win the fifth title of his career on Sunday when he takes on top seed and world no. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the championship match. Raonic won their only previous meeting last year in Cincinnati in three sets.

Berdych beat another Frenchman in Giles Simon, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-5 in a thrilling semi-final.