After a disappointing Monte Carlo Masters last week where Milos Raonic lost to Jarko Nieminen of Finland 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 in the second round, Raonic pulled off something magnificent on Friday at the Barcelona Open.
Raonic, ranked 13th in the world, won two matches in the same day. First he beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 7-6 in the third round, before beating Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in the quarterfinals.
Raonic was forced to play two matches in a day because of the inclement weather they have been having in Spain.
Raonic’s test doesn’t get any easier however. He now has to face the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, in the other semi-final. Nadal has beaten Raonic twice before, but both wins have come on hard court in Tokyo.
The match was supposed to start an hour ago, but was postponed due to rain.
The other semi-final has Nicolas Almagro of Spain versus Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.