Medvedev beats Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic plays a shot during her quarter final match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev reaches semifinals at Brisbane International by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4

BRISBANE, Australia — Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev reached the semifinals at the Brisbane International by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.

The score was level at 4-4 in the third when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from the 2016 Brisbane champion.

Medvedev will next play 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (2).

The 33-year-old Tsonga, coming off eight months on the sidelines with a knee injury, held his nerve despite a partisan crowd at Pat Rafter Arena.

Second-seeded Kei Nishikori and Jeremy Chardy had earlier progressed to Saturday's semifinals.

Donna Vekic defeated 2018 finalist Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-0 to reach the women's semifinals and will next play fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.

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