2014/08/01

Raonic Stuns Murray and Will Face Nishikori in Japan Open Final

Canadian Milos Raonic  saved two match points in a 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(4) upset over world No. 3 Andy Murray to reach his fourth final of 2012 on Saturday at the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

Roanic was within two points of winning the match in straight sets but could not close it out. Murray took a 4-1 lead in the final set, but Raonic came saving match points 5-6, benefiting from two Murray double faults. This forced the final set into a final set to a tiebreak.

Kei Nishikori

Raonic will play Japan’s Kei Nishikori for the title on Sunday. Nishikori defeated Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis for the first time 6-2, 6-2. Nishikori will be chasing history – should he defeat Raonic, he’ll become the first Japanese man to win the Japan Open. He’s already the first Japanese man to reach the final.

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2012

Singles – Semi-finals
[6] M Raonic (CAN) d [1] A Murray (GBR) 63 67(5) 76(4) – Saved 2 M.P.
[8] K Nishikori (JPN) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 62 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d D Bracciali (ITA) / F Cermak (CZE) 63 61
[4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d T Berdych (CZE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 7 OCTOBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs [4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[6] M Raonic (CAN) vs [8] K Nishikori (JPN)

 

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