Del Potro, Almagro, Raonic, Dodig reach Tokyo semis

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TOKYO -- Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Japan Open semifinals on Friday.

Del Potro took control when he broke Dolgopolov to go up 3-1 in the third set and then broke him again in the final game.

The Argentine will face sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain in the semis on Saturday. Almagro beat defending champion Kei Nishikori 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3.

Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada served 11 aces in a 6-3, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, lining up a semifinal with Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

"I got into the first service game right away and that allowed me to get into the match," Raonic said. "And I just got better and better."

Raonic is coming off a win in the Thailand Open last Sunday and will be seeking his third title of 2013. He lost in the final of last year's Japan Open to Nishikori.

Dodig beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2, 7-6 (3).

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