Paire beats Raonic to reach Stockholm semis
STOCKHOLM (AP) — French wild card Benoit Paire beat second-seeded Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-3 Friday to reach the Stockholm Open semifinals.
Paire next plays on Saturday against seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who defeated Kenny De Schepper of France 6-4, 6-2.
Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain advanced when his quarterfinal opponent, countryman Fernando Verdasco, pulled out because of an abdominal injury.
Ferrer will face fifth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. Gulbis downed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.