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Rafael Nadal bests Milos Raonic to reach Sony Open semifinals

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Rafael Nadal dropped the first set before coming back to defeat Milos Raonic.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals at the Sony Open by rallying past Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Thursday night.

The No. 1-ranked Nadal, who is 0-3 in Key Biscayne finals, needs one more win to get there again. His opponent Friday night will be No. 7-seeded Tomas Berdych, who advanced by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Nadal has beaten Berdych 16 times in a row over the past seven years.

The No. 12-seeded Raonic went ahead when Nadal double-faulted on the final point of the first set to lose serve for the first time in the tournament. But that was the last break point the Spaniard faced.

Raonic hit serves at up to 144 mph but double-faulted on break point twice in the second set.

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