Japan Open: Straight-sets win for third-seeded Milos Raonic in quarter-finals
Last Updated: 04/10/13 4:27pm
Milos Raonic overcame Lukas Lacko at the Japan Open
Milos Raonic is through to the semi-finals of the Japan Open after a routine win over Lukas Lacko in Tokyo.
No 3 seed Raonic, who was beaten by Kei Nishikori in last year's final, broke the Slovakian three times and fired down 11 aces en route to victory.
"I've dealt well with the different conditions," Raonic said. "Confidence is a big part of that. I've had hot and humid indoors, hot with the roof open and now cold.
"The court was a bit quicker today which gave me more free points on my serve and helped pay quicker dividends."
Raonic's reward is a last-four encounter against Ivan Dodig, with the Croat also winning in straight sets.
A topsy-turvy encounter saw Dodig break Jarkko Nieminen four times en route to a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) victory, however he didn't have things his own way as he dropped his serve twice.
Fourth seed Nishikori saw his title defence ended in three sets by Nicolas Almagro, with the No 6 seed recording a 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-3 win.
Almagro will now face the top-ranked Juan Martin del Potro, who also needed three sets to beat a stubborn Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6 6-4 6-2.