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ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Raonic tops Thiem to qualify for semis; Murray-Soares progress

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Milos Raonic completed a facile win over a defiant Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-3 to qualify for his first semifinal at the World Tour Finals. In what was a virtual quarterfinal for both men, Raonic overcame a subdued start, raised his game at the right moment, and cruised down the home stretch to finish second behind Djokovic in Group Ivan Lendl. Dominic Thiem once again impressed in his first World Tour Finals and the experience here will stand him in good stead in the future.

Earlier, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares secured their spot in the semifinal defeating Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 3-6, 10-6. The win ensured that the Scot-Brazilian duo finished on top of Group Edberg/Jarryd and even took them ahead of Herbert and Mahut in the rankings.

The first set saw both players begin confidently and remain largely untroubled on their serve. Raonic in particular was serving lights out opening with two love holds and continuing with the dominance through the rest of the set. Thiem was also serving well and was able to control the vast majority of rallies and did not face a break point. Raonic in contrast was rather subdued in the rallies quite different from what we’ve seen earlier in the week. The set moved to a tie-break which saw quite a few changes of momentum started by a Raonic drawing first blood to 2-0. Thiem responded admirably with a beautiful backhand down the line to kickstart a run that took him to the changeover with a 4-2 lead. It was crunch time and Raonic responded winning 5 of the next 6 points returning to that offensive style and bombing 3 aces on his remaining service points to take the breaker 7-5.

With the first set under his belt Raonic was unshackled playing with far more freedom. He unleashed the big returns, started moving with purpose around the court and attacked with intent especially off the forehand. He broke Thiem to start the second set and consolidated the break in the next serving himself out of a small hole. Thiem delayed the inevitable but was broken once again in the 9th game as the set ended the way it began for Raonic to clinch it 6-3.

Final Scores:

M.Raonic d D.Thiem 7-6(5), 6-3

J.Murray/B.Soares d I.Dodig/M.Melo 6-3, 3-6, 10-6