Canada’s Raonic reaches tour­ney fi­nal in Rus­sia

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ST. PETERS­BURG, Rus­sia — Mi­los Raonic of Canada beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 7- 6 (2) Satur­day to set up a fi­nal against Joao Sousa of Por­tu­gal at the St. Peters­burg Open.

Raonic, of Thorn­hill, Ont., hit 19 aces, four of them in the sec­ond­set tiebreaker, and held serve through­out the match. He won six straight points to win the tiebreaker and sealed the vic­tory with another ace.

Raonic will be chas­ing his first ATP ti­tle since win­ning the Washington Open in Au­gust 2014. He has yet to drop a set in three matches in St. Peters­burg.

In the first semi­fi­nal, Sousa up­set third-seeded Do­minic Thiem of Aus­tria 6- 4, 7- 6 (5).

Thiem won more points than Sousa but his serv­ing was in­con­sis­tent, with 11 aces bal­anced by land­ing just 46 per cent of his first serves. It was the sev­enth-seeded Sousa’s first win against Thiem in four meet­ings.

Sousa has lost his last four ATP fi­nals since win­ning his only ti­tle against Julien Ben­neteau at the 2013 Malaysian Open.

Mi­los Raonic

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