Raonic ousts Murray in Japan Open semifinal


TOKYO (AP) -- Milos Raonic of Canada advanced to the final of the Japan Open on Saturday, beating defending champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4).

Raonic, seeded sixth and ranked 15th, will meet the winner of the second semifinal later between local hope Kei Nishikori and unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

The top-seeded Murray and Raonic had split their two previous career meetings, both this year. Raonic beat Murray on clay at the Barcelona Open, while Murray knocked Raonic out of the U.S. Open in the fourth round.

Raonic has won two tournaments this year, triumphing in Chennai, India, and San Jose, California.