Raonic stuns Murray to enter quarters

Raonic stuns Murray to enter quarters

Fast-rising Canadian Milos Raonic showed off his claycourt credentials again on Friday with a 6-4, 7-6 defeat of world number four Andy Murray in the last eight of the Barcelona Open.

Raonic, who beat Spain's Nicolas Almagro on Thursday, slammed down 14 aces on his way to victory and a semifinal against either David Ferrer or Feliciano Lopez.

Chasing a third title of the year, the 21-year-old took the initiative in the first set, attacking at every opportunity, and held off a Murray fightback at the end of the second set to record one of the best wins of his career.

Murray managed just one break of the mighty Raonic serve, when the Canadian led 5-4 in the second set only to wobble badly when serving for victory.

The tiebreak raced away from the Briton though as Raonic forged 6-1 ahead. Murray saved two match points but struck a lame shot into the net as Raonic closed it out.

Wozniacki ousted

World number one Victoria Azarenka moved into the Stuttgart indoor tournament quarterfinals on Thursday as sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Angelique Kerber.

Azarenka will face in-form Mona Barthel of Germany for a place in the last four after Germany's Andrea Petkovic retired with an ankle injury while trailing the Belarussian top seed 6-2, 4-4.

Azarenka grabbed a break in the opening game but missed an easy volley to hand it back in the fourth game to Petkovic, who had only this week returned to the Tour after almost four months out with a back injury. She then proceeded to break the German again to take the first set 6-2.

The second set initially followed a similar pattern with Azarenka breaking in the first game courtesy of a stunning double-handed backhand down the line before being broken straight back.

World number 12 Petkovic looked set to give her opponent a tougher time but badly twisted her ankle as she tried to hit a forehand at 4-4 with the indoor crowd instantly falling deadly quiet.

German Kerber also caused a major upset, dismantling former world number one Wozniacki 6-1, 6-2 to set up a mouth-watering clash with Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

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