Canadian Milos Raonic saved two match points to defeat France’s Ugo Humbert 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7) and set up a Saturday semi-final at the Paris Masters with Daniil Medvedev.
The Russian third seed earlier put out Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, though the Argentine still retains his chances of qualifying for the last available spot in this month’s ATP Finals in London.
“It was a good match,” Medvedev said. “I kept my level high and he made some errors, which gave me control of the match.
“There are always rallies with Diego. I’m happy to have won quickly today and produced some good tennis.”
Raonic will be playing his fourth ATP semi-final of the season and attempting to win his second.
The 29-year-old salvaged a pair of Humbert match points in the final set tiebreaker and needed two of his own before advancing in just under two and a half hours after throwing down 25 aces.
Medvedev has won both of their previous matches, the last played in January, 2019.
The 22-year-old Humbert, Antwerp titleholder a fortnight ago, made inroads but was unable to overcome 2014 Paris finalist Raonic.as the youngster played his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.
Raonic has not lifted a trophy in nearly five years, after winning Brisbane in January, 2016.
“I haven’t burned through too much (energy this week),” Raonic said.
“Today it was more emotional stress of just trying to get through it and the relief
at the end of finding a way through. That gets to you rather than the physical.
“I’m happy with the way I’m doing my things, and I’ve just gotta turn things around and find the best in myself for tomorrow.”
Main photo:- Milos Raonic celebrates – by ATP Tour.com