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Milos Raonic takes on Andy Murray in Aussie Open semifinals

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016

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Canada’s Milos Raonic earned a berth in his second career Grand Slam semifinal on Wednesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against Gael Monfils of France at the Australian Open.

The 25-year-old from Thornhill, who also reached the semifinals at Wimbledon two years ago, will face off against four-time finalist and second-seed Andy Murray of Britain on Friday.

Murray earlier defeated eighth-seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3 to earn his 18th trip to a Grand Slam semifinal.

Raonic is the first Canadian man to reach the Australian final four, and just the second Canadian to do so, after Eugenie Bouchard made it to the semifinals in 2014.

The victory over Monfils extended Raonic’s 2016 winning steak to nine matches to equal his previous best in 2012.

Top-seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and No. 3 seed Roger Federer of Switzerland will contest the other semifinal on Thursday.

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