Raonic and Tsonga reach Lyon semifinals
Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada eased into the semifinals of the Lyon Open with a straight sets victory over Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias on Thursday.
Elias had defeated Juan
Potro the previous day, but
Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was never in difficulty as he won 6-4, 6-3.
He will next play third-seeded Tomas Berdych after the Czech player beat No. 5 Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-0.
French second-seeded JoWilfried Tsonga remained on course for a third ATP World Tour title of the season with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Karen Khachanov of Russia.
Tsonga will face Nikoloz Basilashvili after the Georgian beat Argentine qualifier Nicolas Kicker 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles quarter-final play, Adil Shamasdin of Pickering, Ont., and Andres Molteni of Argentina posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Carlos Berlocq of Argentina and Andreas Seppi of Italy.
Lyon has been added to the calendar as a replacement for the Nice Open, a traditional warmup for the French Open, which starts on Sunday in Paris.