Miami - Top seed Milos Raonic booked his semi-final berth at
the ATP Tour's Delray Beach Open by rallying to beat Britain's Kyle Edmund 4-6,
6-3, 6-4 on Stadium Court on Friday.
The 26-year-old hard-serving Canadian blasted 10 aces and
won 90 percent of his first serve points against eighth-seeded Edmund in their
first career meeting.
Raonic, who is ranked fourth in the world, will next face
the winner of a later match between Argentinian seventh seed Juan Martin Del
Potro and defending champion Sam Querrey of the United States.
The turning point in the 99 minute match came early in the
third set after the pair split the first two sets.
Raonic hit a monstrous forehand return winner during
Edmund's first service game of the final set. Raonic's confidence grew and
Edmund's level declined after that.
Raonic, who is making his Delray Beach debut, grew
frustrated at one point in the second set slamming his racquet on the ground as
he fought to get back into the match after dropping the first. It marked the
first time Raonic had dropped a set this week.
Raonic, who was forced out of the Davis Cup with the thigh
injury he suffered during the Australian Open in January, has shown no ill
He is coming off his best career season in 2016 when he
finished the year ranked third in the world.
The other semi-final has been set, with third-seeded Jack
Sock downing fifth-seeded fellow American Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to book
a meeting with unseeded Donald Young.
Young advanced by walkover when Belgian Steve Darcis pulled
out to attend to family matters.