Milos Raonic beats Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells quarter-final

Milos Raonic
Milos Raonic had lost his previous five matches against Rafael Nadal

Milos Raonic saved three match points to beat Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The Canadian lost the first set but fought back to win the match 4-6 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 in just under three hours.

Raonic will now play four-time champion Roger Federer in Saturday's semi-final after the Swiss comfortably beat Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-0.

In the other semi-final, Britain's Andy Murray plays top seed Novak Djokovic.

Murray's match starts at 18:00 GMT with the Raonic-Federer following, but not starting before 20:00.

Raonic fired 18 aces and hit 48 winners, to Nadal's 25, to beat the three-time Indian Wells champion.

"I'm very happy with it, but I don't let myself get caught up because this isn't where it ends," said the 24-year-old. "There is a lot more that I want to achieve this week."

Meanwhile, Nadal, 28, took positives from the defeat. He said: "I was able to be very focused, playing with positive energy for three hours, so that's great news for me, because that's the way I competed during all of my career."

Roger Federer at Indian Wells
Roger Federer earned his first straight-sets win over Berdych since 2011 in Paris

Raonic's semi-final opponent Federer, 33, is chasing a record fifth title in the desert.

Federer won 13 of 14 points at the net, never faced a break point on his serve, and broke Berdych four times in the match, including three times in the second set.

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