Raonic beats Goffin in 3 sets to reach Indian Wells semis

Published Mar. 19, 2016 7:03 p.m. ET

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Milos Raonic fired 10 aces on his way to overpowering David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open.

Raonic improved to a career-best 14-1 this year and will play either top-ranked Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final. Djokovic and Nadal own a combined seven titles in the California desert.

The 6-foot-2 Raonic overpowered his smaller opponent, connecting on 63 percent of his first serves in the two-hour match. The Canadian averaged 131 mph on his first serve and even his second serve was 2 mph faster than Goffin's first serve of 110. Raonic has yet to drop a set in four matches.

Goffin, who gave up 6 inches to Raonic, had won three straight three-set matches coming into the semis.


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