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Djokovic withstands Raonic test to progress
TENNIS

Djokovic withstands Raonic test to progress

TENNIS
TABODDS
K Nishikori
T Bellucci
R Bautista Agut
L Rosol
JW Tsonga
D Sela
P Andujar
P Kohlschreiber
F Fognini
B Paire
R Stepanek
T Berdych
G Monfils
D Schwartzman
M Granollers
R Federer
T Kokkinakis
B Tomic
R Gasquet
C Berlocq
YH Lu
K Anderson
J Sock
P Carreno Busta
B Coric
T Robredo
J Melzer
A Kuznetsov
N Almagro
R Nadal
A Murray
J Sousa (POR)
k Edmund
N Kyrgios
J Chardy
J Isner
D Goffin
S Giraldo
M Cilic
A Arnaboldi
J Janowicz
L Mayer
V Troicki
S Bolelli
D Gimeno-Traver
D Ferrer
A Ivanovic
M Doi
B Jovanovski
D Vekic
P Hercog
E Vesnina
T Pereira
E Makarova
Y Putintseva
E Svitolina
M Lucic-Baroni
S Halep
C Suarez Navarro
V Razzano
M Rybarikova
F Pennetta
G Muguruza
C Giorgi
A Tomljanovic
A Kerber
S Williams
AL Friedsam
L Hradecka
V Azarenka
T Pironkova
D Allertova
H Watson
S Stephens
A Petkovic
L Dominguez Lino
C Witthoeft
S Errani
S Karatantcheva
I Falconi
J Goerges
C Wozniacki
P Kvitova
S Soler-Espinosa
A Konjuh
I Begu
T Bacsinszky
T Smitkova
B Bencic
M Keys
Karolina Pliskova
A Mitu
F Schiavone
S Kuznetsova
Z Diyas
A Van Uytvanck
D Kovinic
K Mladenovic
Novak Djokovic repelled a stern challenge from Milos Raonic to advance to the French Open semi-finals with a 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory.
TENNIS
TABODDS
K Nishikori
T Bellucci
R Bautista Agut
L Rosol
JW Tsonga
D Sela
P Andujar
P Kohlschreiber
F Fognini
B Paire
R Stepanek
T Berdych
G Monfils
D Schwartzman
M Granollers
R Federer
T Kokkinakis
B Tomic
R Gasquet
C Berlocq
YH Lu
K Anderson
J Sock
P Carreno Busta
B Coric
T Robredo
J Melzer
A Kuznetsov
N Almagro
R Nadal
A Murray
J Sousa (POR)
k Edmund
N Kyrgios
J Chardy
J Isner
D Goffin
S Giraldo
M Cilic
A Arnaboldi
J Janowicz
L Mayer
V Troicki
S Bolelli
D Gimeno-Traver
D Ferrer
A Ivanovic
M Doi
B Jovanovski
D Vekic
P Hercog
E Vesnina
T Pereira
E Makarova
Y Putintseva
E Svitolina
M Lucic-Baroni
S Halep
C Suarez Navarro
V Razzano
M Rybarikova
F Pennetta
G Muguruza
C Giorgi
A Tomljanovic
A Kerber
S Williams
AL Friedsam
L Hradecka
V Azarenka
T Pironkova
D Allertova
H Watson
S Stephens
A Petkovic
L Dominguez Lino
C Witthoeft
S Errani
S Karatantcheva
I Falconi
J Goerges
C Wozniacki
P Kvitova
S Soler-Espinosa
A Konjuh
I Begu
T Bacsinszky
T Smitkova
B Bencic
M Keys
Karolina Pliskova
A Mitu
F Schiavone
S Kuznetsova
Z Diyas
A Van Uytvanck
D Kovinic
K Mladenovic

The title remains the only grand slam to have eluded the Serb in his glittering career, but he secured a sixth semi-final appearance nonetheless.

Eighth seed Raonic fired 21 aces in the contest, as the finest of margins saw Djokovic home in the opening two sets.

However, the 23-year-old's usually strong service game fell away in the decider, allowing the world number two to race clear before securing a well-earned victory.

Djokovic will now face 18th seed Ernests Gulbis in the semi-finals, and will take confidence from a 4-1 head-to-head record over the Latvian.

The first set was an even affair, Raonic making the most of his big serve to keep the pressure on Djokovic.

Djokovic passed up a chance to break Raonic and take the set at 5-4, but finally broke the Canadian's serve to avoid a tie-break, coming up with a cross-court backhand which Raonic could only volley into the net.


The second set was characterised by dominant serving from each player - just 13 points were scored against either's serve to force a shootout.

Djokovic again had to dig deep in a tight affair, forcing a backhand error out of the Canadian with a serve out wide.


For the first time in the match the gap in class seemed evident in the third set, Djokovic breaking immediately when Raonic sent a forehand long.

The Serb rammed home that advantage in game three, Raonic netting a weak backhand as the second seed moved through the gears.

At 5-1 up, Djokovic showed a slight wobble as Raonic took three straight games, but the former recovered and sealed his passage into the last four when the Canadian sent a forehand wide.

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