Raonic steamrolls into Cincy semis
Miloa Raonic, from Canada, serves against Fabio Fognini, from Italy, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, August 15, 2014 3:22PM EDT
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Milos Raonic crushed Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-0 to move into the semifinals of the Western and Southern Open on Friday while fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil was victorious in his doubles quarter-final.
The fifth-seeded Raonic looked strong in the quarter-final after scraping out a victory a day earlier. It will be his fourth semifinal of the season after Rome, Wimbledon and Washington, where he won his sixth career title.
The 23-year-old Canadian remains the only player this season to reach at least six quarter-finals at the Masters 1000 level. The only one he missed out on was in Madrid, where he lost in the third round to Kei Nishikori.
Raonic will play either five-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland or two-time champion Andy Murray of Britain on Saturday.
In doubles play, Wimbledon champions Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver and American Jack Sock reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 5-7, 10-7 win over Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil. Peya and Soares won the doubles title last week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Pospisil and Sock have now won a record 13 straight matches since first playing together at Wimbledon. They topped the previous mark of 12 set by Paul Annacone and Christo van Rensburg in 1984-'85.
Fabio Fognini, from Italy, hits a backhand against Miloa Raonic, from Canada, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)