Paris Masters: Djokovic Battles Raonic for Third Crown

Milos Raonic will face Top seed Novak Djokovic in his maiden Paris Masters final on Sunday.

Seventh seed Milos Raonic dismissed Czech’s Thomas Berdych in the semi-finals of the championship following a hard-fought three-setter on Saturday.

The big-serving Canadian fired 8 winners and blasted 5 aces to beat fifth seed Berdych 6-3 3-6 7-5 and reach his second Masters 1000 finals.

The win was a revenge for his two-set last 16 loss to Berdych last year in Bercy, improving to 2-1 in the head-to-head record over the 2005 champion.

Milos Raonic Will Face Either Top Seed Novak Djokovic or US Open Finalist Kei Nishikori in Sunday's Final. Image: Getty.
Milos Raonic Will Face Either Top Seed Novak Djokovic or US Open Finalist Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s Final. Image: Getty.

The 23-year-old, who lifted the Citi Open crown in Washington about two months ago, became the first Canadian to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday following his quarter-final win over Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori’s success over David Ferrer later that day.

He will face top seed Novak Djokovic after the Serb’s revenge of his loss to Japan’s Kei Nihikori in the semi-finals of the US Open at the Palais Omnisport on Saturday.

Djokovic cruised into the final of the Masters 100 event with a 6-2 6-3 defeat of Nishikori in just 62 minutes.

Djokovic has won all three of his previous meetings with Raonic and takes a 26-match indoor winning streak into Sunday’s final.

Victory for the defending champion could see him become the third player to have reached the milestone of 600 ATP tour-level wins in 2014, joining Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer. He is also bidding to claim his 20th ATP Masters 1000 crown and his third in the French capital.

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