ATP Rogers Cup: Home favourites Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil reach semi-finals
Last Updated: 11/08/13 7:17am
Milos Raonic: Battled his way into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup
Canadian hopes Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil delighted the home crowd as they both progressed to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
World No 13 Raonic battled his way past Ernests Gulbis, who defeated Andy Murray in the previous round, to claim a 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 win in a match which lasted almost two and a half hours.
Wildcard entrant Pospisil, who will face his compatriot in the last four, had things a lot easier as his fairytale run continued when Nikolay Davydenko retired while 3-0 down in their last-eight clash.
A partisan crowd willed Raonic on in his clash with Gulbis, the home favourite winning the first set before his Latvian opponent fought back brilliantly to force a decider.
Gulbis continued his aggressive gameplan in the third set but Raonic used his big serve to get himself out of trouble and capitalised when his opponent wobbled to seal the victory.
"It's a great opportunity for both of us, it's a good match up. I'm going to give it everything I've got," Raonic said of the upcoming clash with Pospisil.
Pospisil, ranked 71st in the world, had already claimed the scalps of John Isner and Tomas Berych and was pleased to be given an easier workout on Friday.
He said: "Even in those three games, I was really trying to catch my breath. I felt like I had a bit of sore legs - so (the quick win) came at a great time."