Murray to meet Raonic in Japan Open semifinal

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

TOKYO (AP) — Defending champion Andy Murray moved into the semifinals of the Japan Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over seventh-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Friday.

The top-seeded Murray, the U.S. Open and Olympic champion, will play sixth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada in the semifinals Saturday. Raonic outlasted third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (7) in a match that took nearly 2 hours, 45 minutes.

In the other quarterfinals, eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-4, and Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus topped Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-2, 6-4.