Raonic reaches Brisbane International semifinals

Milos Raonic of Canada plays a shot in his quarterfinal game against Lucas Pouille of France during the Brisbane International tennis tournament. (Tertius Pickard/AP)

BRISBANE, Australia — Canadian Milos Raonic is on his way to the semifinals at the Brisbane International after a straight sets win over France’s Lucas Pouille on Friday.

The 25-year-old Raonic, who is currently ranked 14th in the world, toppled Pouille in quarter-final play 6-4, 6-4.

Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., won 93 per cent of his first-serve points on the hard court, compared to just 77 per cent for the 21-year-old Pouille, and will face Australia’s Bernard Tomic, who downed Japan’s Kei Nishikori in their quarter-final match.

Raonic reached the finals in last year’s competition, but fell to Swiss star Roger Federer in the championship match.

The Brisbane International is an ATP World Tour tune-up for the upcoming Australian Open.