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Pospisil dumps top seed Berdych, Raonic wins

WASHINGTON -- Czech top seed Tomas Berdych was ousted from the ATP and WTA Washington Open on Thursday, falling 6-2, 6-4 to Canada's Vasek Pospisil in a third-round match.

Pospisil, who at 36th in the rankings was 31 spots beneath Berdych, collected his third career victory over a top-10 foe, his first coming over Berdych 51 weeks ago in the round of 16 at Canada.

"That was not one of my best," Berdych said. "It's something that needs to be dealt with and go on. I need to move on and work even harder."

In the quarterfinals for the second week in a row, Pospisil will face Santiago Giraldo, who beat Victor Estrella Burgos 6-2, 6-0.

"He's a guy who likes to play big matches," Berdych said of Pospisil, who will be seeking his second semifinal of the season after Chennai.

Wimbledon semifinalist Milos Raonic reached the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/3) victory over Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

The second-seeded Canadian fired 27 aces and denied all four of the two-time Grand Slam champion's break chances at the US$1.9 million (1.4 million euro) hard-court warm-up event for the U.S. Open.

"I did a lot of good things, especially the way I fought through the important games," Raonic said. "In those key moments, my attitude got me through."

Raonic, who also won his opener over American Jack Sock in two tie-breakers, will face U.S. giant-killer Steve Johnson for a spot in the last four.

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