Paire beats Raonic at ATP's Stockholm Open

Oct. 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM
| License Photo

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Benoit Paire ousted second-seeded Milos Raonic in Friday's quarterfinal action at the ATP's If Stockholm Open in Sweden.

Paire, seeded sixth, came away a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 winner over Raonic by recording the only break of the second set. Raonic had eight break-point chances but only finished off one. Paire was 3-for-3 in break-point saves in the second set.

Fifth-seeded Ernests Gulbis also pulled off a small upset, defeating third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 with the only break of the third set. Gulbis lost only five of the 25 points on serve in the final set.

No. 7-seed Grigor Dimitrov beat Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-2 in 67 minutes without facing a break point. Dimitrov won 84 percent -- 36-of-43 -- of the points when serving and converted three of his seven break chances.

Top-seeded David Ferrer advanced on a walk over when Fernando Verdasco was unable to play Friday.

Ferrer draws Gulbis in the first semifinal Saturday. Ferrer won their only previous meeting, a match back in 2007. Paire takes a 1-0 career edge over Dimitrov into their semifinal.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback