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Del Potro to face Benneteau in final

ARGENTINE ACE:Juan Martin del Potro was surprised Roger Federer had failed to make the final in Rotterdam, but said the Swiss could ‘have a bad day like anyone’

AFP, ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands

Two-time defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada fired 12 aces in beating US third seed Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the SAP Open.

The big-serving top seed was due to try to become the first player since Tony Trabert in 1953 to 1955 to win the San Jose title three years in a row in yesterday’s final against German fourth seed Tommy Haas.

Haas, ranked 22nd, defeated US second seed John Isner 6-3, 6-4 in the other semi-final.

Raonic, 22, and Haas, 34, will face each other for the first time in what was to be the final match in the history of the event, which will be dropped from the ATP schedule after this year.

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