01/07/2016 23:17 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

Canadian Milos Raonic advances to semifinals at Brisbane International

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 either Australia's Bernard Tomic or Japan's Kei Nishikori in the semifinals. Their match is scheduled later Friday.  

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.

The Canadian Press

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