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Tennis: Dynamic Djokovic marches into last four in Paris

Reuters, Tuesday 3 Jun 2014
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his men's quarter-final match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 3, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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World number two Novak Djokovic proved too hot to handle for Canadian hope Milos Raonic as the Serb qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the sixth time with a clinical 7-5 7-6 (5) 6-4 victory on Tuesday.

Djokovic, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, next meets 18th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

A couple of double faults in the 11th game put Raonic under pressure and Djokovic took full advantage, grabbing the opening set after unsettling his opponent with a dipping backhand.

The Serb then took the second-set tiebreak when Raonic missed a backhand.

The Canadian trailed 4-0 in the third set before retrieving one of the two breaks of serve.

Djokovic, however, ended the contest on his first match point when Raonic sent the ball wide.

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