Milos Raonic celebrates victory in the quartefinals at the Paris MastersPhoto: Christophe Ena
Photo: Christophe Ena

Down to the wire: Raonic advances to the semifinals at the Paris Masters

After a nerve-racking match, Milos Raonic (No. 17) secured a spot in the semifinals after a tight victory over Ugo Humbert (No. 34) of France.

In a back and forth match on Friday, Raonic opened the first set with a 6-3 win. Humbert answered the call in the second set, forcing a decisive third and final one.

The third set went all the way to a tie break and that’s where Raonic’s resilience kicked in. On the verge of defeat, the 29-year-old was on the winning end of one the best rallies of the year.

After a brilliant show of spirit, Raonic would go on to win the match 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7). Next up, the Canadian will take on Russian Danil Medvedev (No. 5) in the semifinals on Saturday.

In doubles action at the Paris Masters, FélixAuger-Aliassime and his partner Hubert Hurkacz secured a three-set victory.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, celebrates after winning a match against Corentin Moutet, of France, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The duo took down the seventh-ranked team of New Zealanders, Michael Venus and John Peers, in a long 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 match.

Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz will face the fourth-ranked team of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the semifinals on Saturday.