Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) - Sixth-seeded Milos Raonic and eighth-seeded
Kei Nishikori both won their semifinal matches at the Japan Tennis Open on
Raonic took down top-seeded Andy Murray, who was the defending Tokyo champ,
6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4) in the first match of the night while Nishikori
defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2.
Nishikori, who won for the first time in four matches against Baghdatis, is
the first Japanese player to reach the finals of this event and he will be
going for the second title of his career as his only other win came in 2008 at
Raonic, who has won two of the three matches against Murray this year, will be
shooting for his fourth career title and third of the year as he posted wins
at Chennai and San Jose.
Raonic and Nishikori have never faced each other before.
Murray had a string of 10 straight victories snapped as he was playing for the
first time since capturing his first career Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open
last month. The Scottish star had a brilliant summer, winning the gold medal
in front of the British faithful at the London Olympics after a run to
the final at Wimbledon.
The winner of this event will claim a first prize of $308,000.
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