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Paire beats Raonic to reach Stockholm semis

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- French wild card Benoit Paire beat second-seeded Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-3 Friday to reach the Stockholm Open semifinals.

Paire next plays on Saturday against seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who defeated Kenny De Schepper of France 6-4, 6-2.

Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain advanced when his quarterfinal opponent, countryman Fernando Verdasco, pulled out because of an abdominal injury.

Ferrer will face fifth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. Gulbis downed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

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