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Raonic advances to San Jose semis

Defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada advanced to the semi-finals of the $531,000 ATP San Jose Open on Friday by defeating South African sixth seed Kevin Anderson 7-5, 7-6 (7/3).

Third seed Raonic fired 16 aces and never faced a break point in booking himself into a Saturday matchup against American Ryan Harrison, who earlier ousted Bulgarian Dimitar Kutrovsky 6-1, 6-4 at the indoor hardcourt tournament.

Raonic claimed the first set with his eighth ace of the match, one fewer than Anderson blasted in the opening set, and won six of the first seven points in the tie-breaker on his way to winning in one hour, 42 minutes.

In later quarter-finals, US second seed and three-time San Jose winner Andy Roddick will face Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and French fifth seed Julien Benneteau will meet Belgian Steve Darcis.