Gael Monfils, Milos Raonic advance

STOCKHOLM -- Top-seeded Gael Monfils beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 7-5, 7-5 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Stockholm Open.

The 10th-ranked Frenchman rallied through a slump in the second set, allowing his fifth-seeded opponent to break his serve twice and even the set after Monfils raced to a 5-1 lead.

Monfils will now play the sixth-seeded Milos Raonic for a place in the final after the big-serving Canadian hit 14 aces in a 7-5, 6-4 win over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

Earlier, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen beat Tobias Kamke of Germany 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 after rallying from break point down in the second set.

The Finn received plenty of support from the crowd at the Royal Tennis Hall as the only Nordic player left in the tournament after Sweden's Michael Ryderstedt was eliminated in the first round.

Nieminen will next face American James Blake, who advanced when his quarterfinal opponent, Argentina's David Nalbandian, withdrew because of an injury.