Raonic into Memphis semis

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MEMPHIS -- Rising Canadian Milos Raonic remained red hot with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over American qualifier Robert Kendrick on Day 5 at the $1.227 million Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Friday.

The wild card Raonic fired 20 aces en route to a seventh straight match victory.

The 20-year-old Raonic stunned Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in last Sunday's finale in San Jose and beat Verdasco again in an opening-round Memphis bout here on Wednesday night. The San Jose success marked the first-ever ATP title for Raonic, a native of Montenegro but grew up in Thornhill, Ont.

Raonic will break into the ATP's Top 50 next week.

Meanwhile, top seed and former two-time champion Andy Roddick rallied past Australian Lleyton Hewitt to gain a semifinal berth.

The former world No. 1 Roddick, who won this event in 2002 and 2009, earned a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. That moved Roddick to a 7-6 lead in the lifetime series, as he beat the former No. 1 and two-time major champion for a sixth straight time.

In the final match of the night, Juan Martin del Potro eased past American qualifier Michael Russell, 6-4, 6-2. Next up for del Potro, a former top-five star and the 2009 U.S. Open champ, will be Roddick.

Mardy Fish straight-setted fellow American and defending champion Sam Querrey in Friday's quarterfinal action. The fourth-seeded Fish swam past the fifth-seeded Querrey 6-3, 6-4 on the indoor surface at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

The 6-foot-6 Querrey beat 6-foot-9 fellow American John Isner in last year's all-towering finale here.

The 2011 Memphis titlist will claim $264,000.


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