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Raonic Continues Washington Run, Faces Young In SFs

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Raonic© Getty ImagesMilos Raonic won his sixth ATP World Tour crown in Washington.

Milos Raonic needed 80 minutes to deny an all-American semi-final at the Citi Open, ousting giant-killer Steve Johnson 7-6(2), 6-2.

The second seed fired 16 aces and converted on both break points garnered in the second set to earn his first hard-court semi-final berth of 2014.

"I felt like I played well consistently throughout the match," said Raonic. "When I got the lead over my opponent, I kept up the high intensity in my game."

Raonic's efforts were bolstered by 86 per cent first serve points won and no break points faced. The Canadian, who registered his 150th tour-level match victory with a first-round win over Jack Sock, will seek to book a spot in his first ATP World Tour final since last year's Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships (l. to Del Potro). He faces Donald Young on Saturday.

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Johnson was coming off consecutive victories over serving titans and 2014 ace leaders John Isner and Ivo Karlovic. The California native's countryman, Young, is one victory away from his second ATP World Tour final after a spirited three-set victory at the Citi Open Friday.

Young rallied from a set down to claim his first win in five career tour-level meetings against World No. 21 Kevin Anderson, winning their quarter-final battle 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2.

"This win means a lot for me. I'm happy to be back at this stage, stringing together wins," said Young. "Hopefully I can keep that going."

Appearing in his first semi-final since his run to his lone ATP World Tour final in Bangkok three years ago, Young won eight of nine points on Anderson's second serve in the final set.

The left-hander's last win over a Top 25 player came in January in the second round of the Australian Open, where he defeated World No. 25 Andreas Seppi.

Bryan Brothers Fall In All-American Clash
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, three-time champions at the Citi Open (2005-'07), went down in defeat against fellow Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 in the quarter-finals on Friday. Johnson and Querrey will face Sam Groth and Leander Paes in the semi-finals. The Australian-Indian team advanced with a 7-6(3), 3-6, 12-10 victory over Juan Sebastian Cabal and David Marrero. Groth had teamed with countryman Chris Guccione for the Bogota title two weeks ago.

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