Friday, February 15, 2013

Raonic downs Istomin in virtual replay

   Not much has changed in one year.
   Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada defeated sixth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (0), 6-3 Friday night to reach the semifinals of the SAP Open at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
   The 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Raonic, who beat Istomin 7-6 (3), 6-2 in last year's final for his second straight SAP Open title, improved to 11-0 overall and 9-0 in tiebreakers in the tournament.
    Raonic will face third-seeded Sam Querrey, a native of nearby San Francisco who outlasted unseeded Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Querrey is 2-0 against Raonic, with both matches coming last year.
   In the other semifinal, second-seeded John Isner of Tampa, Fla., will play fourth-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany. Isner topped eighth-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium 7-6 (8), 6-2, and the fourth-seeded Haas, 34, dismissed American wild card Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-2.
   Isner is 3-1 against Haas, but they have not met since Isner's first-round victory at Cincinnati in 2009.
In San Jose
Singles quarterfinals
   Tommy Haas (4), Germany, def. Steve Johnson, United States, 6-4, 6-2.
   John Isner (2), United States, def. Xavier Malisse (8), Belgium, 7-6 (8), 6-2.
   Milos Raonic (1), Canada, def. Denis Istomin (6), Uzbekistan, 7-6 (0), 6-3.
   Sam Querrey (3), United States, def. Alejandro Falla, Colombia. 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Doubles semifinals
   Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic, Australia, def. Mikhail Elgin, Russia, and Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (2), 10-5 tiebreak.
Saturday's schedule
(Beginning at 12:15 p.m. PST)
   John Isner (2), United States, vs. Tommy Haas (4), Germany.
(Not before 4 p.m.)
   Milos Raonic (1), Canada, vs. Sam Querrey (3), United States, or Alejandro Falla, Colombia.
   Exhibition: Stephanie Graf, Germany, and Andy Roddick, United States, vs. Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob, United States.
   Xavier Malisse, Belgium, and Frank Moser (4), Germany, vs. Alejandro Falla and Robert Farah, Colombia.    

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