Streaking Murray Beats Raonic, Beats The Rain To Reach 3rd Cincinnati Final And Face Cilic
by Staff | August 21st, 2016, 12:05 am
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The Andy Murray – Milos Raonic rematch in the Cincinnati Masters semifinals fell flat as the Brit rolled to an easy 6-3, 6-3 win. The win puts Murray into his third Cincinnati final after titles in 2008 and 2011 and ups his career-best win streak to 22.

“I didn’t get broken the last couple of matches and when I was in difficult situations I made good choices,” Murray said. “That’s helped keep the matches shorter. If you’re a bit lower on confidence, regardless of how fresh you are, if you haven’t played loads of matches you make bad decisions in those moments.

“And because I’ve won a lot the last few months, that’s something that has been good, especially this week for sure. I’ve needed it to be because I haven’t been feeling perfect. I’ve managed to get through the matches pretty well.”

Murray never lost serve and saved all three break point he faced. Murray advanced to his 7th straight final and 19th at the Masters 1000 level.

Raonic falls to 3-8 against Murray having now lost seven straight including five this year. And after getting close at the Australian, and on the brink at Queen’s, Murray’s blown him out in two meetings this summer in the Wimbledon final and now today.

“I think it’s going to come down to certain things,” said Raonic. “I got to obviously serve much better than I did today. Today I also did a better job of creating opportunities on his serve that I didn’t make count. I had three break chances and three second serves; I put the ball in twice. No, I put the ball in once on second serves.

“That is not a formula of success by any means. It’s going to come down to a few important points, playing them better, and obviously executing better than I did on my end of things when it comes to my service games than I did today.”

And not soon after the match concluded, heavy rains hit the tournament delaying the completion of the Marin Cilic-Grigor Dimitrov match by two hours moments after it had started.

In the final, Murray will meet Marin Cilic who knocked off Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in match that ended past 1:30am. Dimitrov led Cilic 4-2 in the third set but lost 8 of the last 9 points and five of the last 6 games to lose the match.

“It was definitely a tough match in grueling, heavy conditions,” said Cilic. “We obviously waited a long time, starting at 11:28pm. Mentally it was not easy. I was not playing too well today. I didn’t find the rhythm on my serve and I was just trying to stay in there in the third set and manage physically.”

Playing in his 71st career Masters event. it’s Cilic’s first final and he’s just 2-11 against Murray.

“It’s a big win for me, first time in a Masters 1000 final,” said Cilic. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling good on the court. I played great this week. I’m excited to be in the final playing against Andy. He is in great form, playing great tennis. I hope tomorrow I’ll play a good match and I know I’ll have a good chance if I play well.”

Murray will bid for his 13th career Masters title and overall the 40th of his career, fifth of 2016.

On this current streak, Murray has won titles at Queen’s, Wimbledon and the Rio gold medal. His last loss was to Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.

Despite the late start and finish to the second semifinal, the men’s final is still scheduled for 4pm ET.


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45 Comments for Streaking Murray Beats Raonic, Beats The Rain To Reach 3rd Cincinnati Final And Face Cilic

Margot Says:

Just giving up with these blooming emails AndyMira, wasting my time obviously. But just wait till he comes home!….;)


AndyMira Says:

@M…You will feel much calmer when you see him kiss his 19th master trophy tomorrow…and you will feel much much calmer and full of love in your chest if he were to bring home his 2nd USO trophy soon[i'm not saying he's sure to win it,no...but he has a BIGGG chance to win it this year]..


Willow Says:

Good luck Murray, give Cilic a good kick in the bollocks ….


Michael Says:

It in raining cats and dogs in Andy’s forest. After a long time, he has come on his own and the fading away of the legacy of Roger/Rafa and the slump or (is it a blip!?) of Novak has helped his cause greatly.

If he wins Cincinnati then he will be the hot favourite to win the coveted US open title. It is indeed a remarkable transformation of a player who was once considered as a choker in finals. Especially after winning the prestigious Olympic Gold twice consecutively, he has etched a place for himself in the annals of Tennis history.


Giles Says:

Why does Andy have to give Cilic ” a good kick in the bollocks” to win?
Too crude!


AndyMira Says:

@M…do you already set up your place behind the sofa?I mean,you must want to be as comfortable as possible right?Do you already buy some chips or chocolate or whatever your fancy to accompany you?Oh!please buy lots of it okay?coz i’m pretty sure the rollercoaster that Andy will put you through are pretty high and longggg!

PS..Oh..one more thing..please take RZ with you,i’ve already put my money on Andy to win this..

#Havefungirls!#


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/dimonator/status/767162845519683584
What’s this? Andy picking up joker’s dirty habits?
Not good!


Margot Says:

Am actually lying on my sofa at the moment AM. Trying to cope with the idea of Andy “streaking.”
Heavens to Betsy, send smelling salts swiftly…..;)


AndyMira Says:

M…ha ha ha..i can pictured you in my mind now!Hey..need a smelling salt already?Wow!that’s bad..ha ha ha…M..you know,believe it or not,i’ve been thinking about this moment a long long time ago..when at that time Andy a regular no 4,behind the other great 3..at that time,a thought crossed my mind that one day i want to see Andy would taste the same sweet success that his “big brother” already enveloped themselves into..somehow,it wouldn’t feel right that Andy who’s a great great player himself didn’t join them on the Train of Greatness..because that’s where he should end up M…and now,the idea of Andy streaking and collecting trophies is feel so good and wonderful..i’m so so so happy for him and very very very happy for you M..and the gang of coz..i never thought that be happy for someone else who you didn’t even know their faces only their words on virtual world can bring you the satisfaction and happiness that i can’t describe in words..it’s so pure and honest…So,enjoy this moment M…it was meant for Andy and you and other Andy fan’s wherever they are…this feeling is so wonderful and amazing right M?Lots of hugs and kisses from across the pond Good luck sis!…He he he..


Okiegal Says:

@Margot….I was thinking the same thing……streaking…are you kidding me?? The staff writer obviously hasn’t been keeping up with tennis lately……..ho hum……..by no worries, he is playing fantastic! Don’t want to jinx him, so I will say no more……but I think he’s got this!! Hope I get to see some of it, church day for me. Don’t be kicking the
sofa, M!


RZ Says:

@Margot and AM – ye of little faith. I was not watching yesterday! However, I am happy to crouch behind Margot’s sofa with her come US Open. :-)


AndyMira Says:

@RZ..Yo sis..you’re not watching yesterday?I thought as much!That’s why Andy played his best match this week..see,i told you…so,you’re forbidden to watch the final as well hokay?


RZ Says:

No need to concern yourself, AM, I don’t have the right cable channel to watch it even if I wanted to.


AndyMira Says:

Oh really RZ?You can hop on my couch if you want to?And i’ll provide a breakfast too since it’s 4:30am at my place..


RZ Says:

@AM – once Margot funds my year-long vacation, I will come over and watch tennis with you. But she won’t fund my viewing of Andy’s matches so it would have to be other tennis players. :-)


AndyMira Says:

I know just the right guy RZ….it’s Rrrafa of coz!!We invite okie and willow as well..Btw,i was meant to ask you this question since yesterday…Andy won Oly right?And you said you want to do something to celebrate it..may i know what is?


Willow Says:

Come on Giles i didnt actually mean in the literal sense, it was meant as a play on words, OK THEN GOOD HIDING, meant metaphorically of course, i dont like Cilic, and im not going to go into why OK ? ….


Margot Says:

AndyMira: you’re such a sweetheart. Sniff, sniff, those damn allergies again…..x
RZ: I’m going to wear my lucky pisky, woollen jumper tonight, even tho the temperature is around 30C…. It’s very like Andy’s Christmas jumper TBH. Oh the sacrifices I’m prepared to make! What are you going to wear?


Willow Says:

Michael Rafa just won a doubles gold in Olympics too, or doesnt that count because its doubles, or because hes not your favorite ? ….


Khb Says:

Of course, when murray’s playing, it’s a rough ride.
When Novak’s playing, the “tennis fans” & tennis.com say it’s the weakest era ever!
When fed’s playing, it’s the old man’s unlucky tour!


Daniel Says:

Go Andy! Keep the streak going. This can motivate Djoko in USO where the #1 rankings can be decided.


AndyMira Says:

@M!…don’t you dare crying before Andy kiss that precious trophy!’Sides he’s much more precious than me..i’m not worth your tears M…

PS…Psst,psst..M[whispering furiously]..we got another ‘PC’ or ‘CC’ here?Somehow the other ‘CC’ seems wayyyy nicer than this!


Genscrh Says:

Go Murray…All the way to number 1.. and throw the faker joker to second place..


Willow Says:

^ As much as i would love Murray to get the no1, it Seems we have another troll on TX ^ ….


jalep Says:

Hello…came over to say hi to happy Andy fans. There should be some around here!? Big match coming up!

He’s been a joy to watch all summer! 🏆🏅🇬🇧


jalep Says:

Cilic might be getting on a roll. aggressive and confident with the forehand! sheesh! Watch out…


jalep Says:

Yep. Marin got the break, serving dangerously well, held easily, and is in control. Andy, get aggressive or, at least hold your serve. Double break for Marin. And he’ll serve for the set.


jalep Says:

Cilic is hitting everything in forehands, backhands, serving aces or non-returnables, holding easily. Come on, Andy! This is a must win set.


jalep Says:

Can’t believe it. He was so convincing v Raonic, Tomic, Anderson, ect…thought this would be Andy in 2 sets after shaky stuff from Cilic late last night, almost losing to Dimitrov.

A win over Andy here will set Marin up going into US Open with his first masters 1000. Glimpses of 2014 Marin.

Murray and Murphy having a long chat on the changeover. Uh boy. Matchpoint Marin.

Marin Cilic, Cincinnati Masters winner. Omg. He could be dangerous this years’ draw. Moves up 1000 points…has to be #10, or #9 ??


AndyMira Says:

@M..i can’t believe that he choose today of all days to listen to you..this naughty boy!But,he seems off in every aspect today..That’s alright..off to NY we go…that’s the main prize..hope he will do well there…To Marin and his fans..congrats..


Humble Rafa Says:

“The Staff” must be on vacation and interns are running the show. Tennis does not allow streaking anymore.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Cilic, playing magnificent and stopping a “streaking Murray”.


Markus Says:

This was the Cilic that won the US Open in 2014. It does not happen often but when he is on top of his game, he can beat anyone. I was not surprised.


Wog Boy Says:

I guess Cilic is “currently” best player in the world..


Wog Boy Says:

” It does not happen often but when he is on top of his game, he can beat anyone.”

Doesn’t apply to Nole, 14:0.


Markus Says:

WB, that’s why I said it does not happen often.


Humble Rafa Says:

Many crazy people have reached out to me in the last month. Apparently, they lack “direction” due to an invent that happened recently in all their lives. They all want to know if it is too late to adopt me.

#thatfeeling#


Wog Boy Says:

It’s is bit strange to play 14 matches and never to be on top of your game, how many matches one need to be on top his game? 20…30? If didn’t get on top of his game in 14 attempts than he never wil, but he was on top his few times, Wimbledon ’14, FO ’14…just that Nole’s top is above his top.

You can rephrase it like “he can beat almost anyone”, since he best Tafa, Roger, Andy (in less attempts) but not Nole (in more attempts).

By saying this, eventually he will beat Nole, not necessarily on top of his game, depends on Nole.


Wog Boy Says:

HR,

Is foreigner allowed to adopt Spanish “child”…Australian tennis desperately needs somebody to get them in the right direction.


Daniel Says:

Ferree have comprehensive wins of all pther top playee and lost, what..20′atches versus Roger without a win.

Cilic does looks invencible from time to time, but not over Djoko indeed. Ferrer otoh never reached the level Cilic is able to and even so got his wins agaisnt other playerbar Federer. This can can be a match up issue or a mental thing, Cilic should be able to play one decent top form match against Djoko but somehow is unable to. Ferrer also should have a winnober Fed bit ge doesn’t have the game to blow somebody off court like Cilic does. To me, Cilic’s thing with Djoko is mental, one he may never overcame.
This was a great win for him, who really likes fast courts.

Still think Djoko os forst favorite for USO than Murray. Win best of 5 over Djoko forst week in grass where almost everybody is vulnerable is one thing, but on HC in USO, where Djoko has semis orvetter every year since 2007, a decade, is something only another Big 4 can do it. One is not playing and the other not what he once was. So, again, o ly Murray to try to stop Djoko. They’ll make final again me thinks.


Wog Boy Says:

It was one time when I though this is it, first Cilic win over Nole, IW 2014. Cilic was playing like possessed and destroyed Nole in first set, but then Nole adjusted his game, started to read better Cilic serve and beat him eaisily.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to the USofA in winning Gold in Basketball over Serbia.
Much earned. Go Warriors.


Wog Boy Says:

HR,

Don’t you think it was easier to answer “yes” or “no”?
I’ll pass it to Tennis Australia to discuss the adoption procedure with barristers, but there is a hope, I noticed after I had a quick look at your link that in certain circumstances adult adoption is allowed, we’ll work on that particular segment.
Thanks;)


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, congratulations to American basketball team, playing Americans at Olympics is like playing against extraterrestrials..they should introduce two gold medals for men’s basketball:)

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