Raonic beats Goffin in 3 sets to reach Indian Wells finals
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 20, 2016 05:01 AM
Milos Raonic, of Canada, celebrates after defeating David Goffin, of Belgium, in their semifinal match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Indian Wells, Calif. Raonic won, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Milos Raonic fired 10 aces on his way to overpowering David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open.
Raonic improved to a career-best 14-1 this year and will play either top-ranked Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final. Djokovic and Nadal own a combined seven titles in the California desert.
The 6-foot-2 Raonic overpowered his smaller opponent, connecting on 63 percent of his first serves in the two-hour match. The Canadian averaged 131 mph on his first serve and even his second serve was 2 mph faster than Goffin's first serve of 110. Raonic has yet to drop a set in four matches.
Goffin, who gave up 6 inches to Raonic, had won three straight three-set matches coming into the semis.