10/5/12 2:34 PM | Johan Lindahl
Canadian Milos Raonic swung a heavy samurai sword during a day out in Tokyo as the world No. 15 took time away from the courts at the Japan Open.
The 21-year-old was particularly impressed as he visited a museum and got his hands on the deadly weapon from a few centuries ago.
But Raonic did not forget to concentrate closely on his tennis as he reached the semifinals in the Japanese capital for the first time with a defeat of Serb third seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).
The Canadian has reached the last eight in Tokyo for the first time after losing back-to-back second rounds here against Rafael Nadal at the last two editions.
During his Tokyo tour, Montenegro-born Raonic also took a rickshaw ride and generally saw a side of Japanese life in the capital well removed from the tennis sphere. "That sword took me by surprise, it was really heavy," Raonic said after reaching the quarterfinals when good friend Viktor Troicki quit after three games with an existing calf injury.
"It was special to have this experience, seeing something of the city, For me, culture is not reading about it but actually experiencing it. I've done a safari outside of Johannesburg and muay Thai boxing last week as well in Bangkok."
Raonic, who says he has recovered from a poor week in Bangkok, termed his current game "in good health."
"It's on the right track again. I'm getting better and better with each match. I struggled last week but I came here with a different attitude and a different strategy."
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