Fifth seed Rafael Nadal has been defeated by defending champion Milos Raonic in three sets on Friday in Pat Rafter Arena.
Our champ made a very impressive start in the first set, but the Canadian managed to battle back and take each of the next two sets to secure his progress. The final result was 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Raonic’s semifinal opponent will be Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who posted a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over world No.8 Dominic Thiem.
After the match, Rafa said:
He was more aggressive than me… but I take the positive. It was a small difference.
I loved the atmosphere. I feel like home here. … I’m going to keep working hard. I feel like I’m on the right way. (via Brisbane International)
Always with you, Rafa!