10/5/12 7:16 PM | Kelli DeMario
Eighth seed Kei Nishikori made the semifinal at the Japan Open after upsetting second seed Tomas Berdych. He is joined among the final four by sixth seed Milos Raonic, who rallied to defeat third seed Janko Tipsarevic.
(6) Milos Raonic def. (3) Janko Tipsarevic 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(7)
Sixth seed Milos Raonic is through to the final four following his three-sets victory over third seed Janko Tipsarevic. The 21-year-old Canadian tallied 24 aces through two hours and 44 minutes of play.
"I didn’t necessarily serve my best, but I was playing really well from the baseline," said Raonic. "I’m happy to get through it. I did quite a few things well. I’m happy I played well on the big points."
Raonic, who saved match point during the contest, will face defending champion Andy Murray in the next round. The top seed held on to oust 7th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinal.
(8) Kei Nishikori def. (2) Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4
Eighth seed Kei Nishikori made the semifinal after dismissing second seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets. The world No. 17 converted four of 13 break points en route to a 7-5, 6-4 win in an hour and 59 minutes. Nishikori completed the match with 27 of 37 first-service points captured.
He is scheduled to take on former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis in the semifinals.
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