Chennai: Fourth seeded Canadian Milos Raonic aced his way past World No. 10 Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-4, to set up a title clash with top seed Janko Tipsarevic who ended the dream run of Japanese qualifier Go Soeda 6-1, 6-4, in the Aircel Chennai Open on Saturday.
Raonic, the 20-year old ranked 31, slammed 17 aces that sent the second seeded Spaniard Almagro reeling to defeat in 72 minutes while the ninth ranked Serb Tipsarevic survived a strong second set challenge from Soeda who showed the strain of having played some tough matches over the past week.
Yet to drop a set in the tournament, Raonic was all but unstoppable on a night when he consistently clocked 200 kmph on serves that he fired at the Spaniard who simply had no defence and was always under pressure. Though Almagro did well enough to stay the course, but missed three breakpoints in the second that ended his fight.