10/18/2013 03:55 EDT | Updated 12/18/2013 05:12 EST

Paire beats Raonic to reach Stockholm semis; Ferrer, Gulbis, Dimitrov also through

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

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was coming off a third-round loss to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Shanghai Masters. Prior to that, he was victorious in Thailand and reached the final in Tokyo.

Paire will face seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday after the Bulgarian beat left-handed Kenny De Schepper of France 6-4, 6-2.

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

Ferrer will face fifth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who had more of a struggle as he advanced with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in little over 2 hours.