Andy Murray Wears Out Milos Raonic to Reach Fifth Australian Open Final
by Staff | January 29th, 2016, 9:06 am

Fans got their money’s worth in the second men’s semifinal at the Australian Open on Friday when Andy Murray overcame a 1-2 sets deficit to defeat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 to gain the final against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
It will be the fifth Australian Open for Murray, who has never raised the trophy. The 28-year-old Murray has won Slam titles at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon, beating Djokovic in both finals.

Winning the third set tiebreak to go up two sets to one, in the fourth set Raonic left the court for a medical timeout and came back with his movement looking shaky. Later in the set the Canadian received courtside treatment on his upper right leg.

In the final set Murray jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the obviously-hobbled Canuck, eventually closing out the match 6-2.

“He definitely slowed down, which was unfortunate for him,” Murray said of Raonic’s apparent groin injury. “It would have been nice to play a more competitive set. Obviously got a bit lucky with that.”

It was the second Grand Slam semifinal for Raonic after 2014 Wimbledon where he lost to Roger Federer.

“Just a difficulty to push off my leg with my adductor midway through the third set. That’s what it was,” Raonic said. “Probably the most heartbroken I felt on court, but that’s what it is…I think maybe that’s why I sort of lashed out after I did at the start of the fifth set. I guess that was sort of just the whole frustration of everything sort of getting out. I don’t think that’s like myself to do, but sometimes it’s a little bit too much to keep in.”

Murray in the final will look to avenge Aussie Opens final losses in 2011, 2013 and 2015, overall posting a 9-21 career mark against Djokovic.

“You can’t afford to do anything poorly — Novak’s played extremely well,” Murray said. “We’ve played a bunch of times here, and hopefully this time it will be a different result.”

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30 Comments for Andy Murray Wears Out Milos Raonic to Reach Fifth Australian Open Final

RZ Says:

Andy Murray, tennis warrior.

RZ Says:

Also interesting to note, Murray’s 2nd serve win percentage was much higher than Raonic’s (68% to 44%).

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Murray did amazingly well against the first serve too. I was shocked how many he was getting back after the first set.

Very impressive stuff from both guys. Thought Murray was too passive in the first couple sets, he seemed to go for more on his shots as the match went on.

Raonic is going to have an amazing season. Big Six?

Tom Says:

No1e v. Murray. Straight set or maybe 4 set victory for No1e (I’m sure he’ll lose focus at some point, or maybe let his buddy win one set to not embarrass him). I’m sure the Djokovic bashers will cling to any hope that Andy will pull off a miracle but you’re deluding yourselves. I know Andy beat him in Montreal, but No1e has OWNED Andy “Down Under.” Number 11 on Sunday!

Margot Says:

That’s a big hole in Milos’ game -ROS.
As TV says, as the match wore on, Andy was getting more “looks” at Milos’ serve.

Gordon Says:

Interesting – Murray beats an injured Rafa and the headline is “Injured Rafa falls to Murray.” Murray beats an injured Raonic and it’s “Murray wears out Milos Raonic.”

calmdownplease Says:

Milos WAS worn out

The ‘injury’ came from Murrays tactics.

Fitness is definitely the issue for this player.

When did Murray beat an injured Nadal exactly

Do you mean Rotterdam eons ago?

Tennis Vagabond Says:

I hope, based on their last few matches, that Andy and Novak have gotten over the yips that have ruined some of their previous big matches. I would love to see hitting like they had at the French.

Vami Says:

I watched the end of the 2nd and the full 3rd set. It was awful, like watching Isner-Karlovic. Both guys were easily holding their serves and that was it, no play at all. Raonic did look stronger and it showed in the tiebreak.
Murray was lucky that Raonic due to inexperience gifted him the break at the end of the 2nd, otherwise it’d be a clean 3:0 for Raonic.
I’m a Djokovic supporter and the above is unbiased, I actually wanted Murray to win after watching Raonic’s serving in the 3rd. Based on the form and history between the two Novak needs to show up super flat in order for Andy to beat him. I hope he learned his lesson in RG last year.

J-Kath Says:

No way will Nole gift his “buddy” a free set, nor should he be expected to.

chrisford1 Says:

TV – That FO semi was superimpressive for Andy giving notice he finally arrived on clay. To me, one of the best matches of the year (Andy’s 2015 – no SLams or WTF win for Andy, a Wimbledon humiliation by Fed, but it was the year Andy finally stopped sucking on clay. And was one of 3 people that had a “W” over Novak. )
Add to that beating Rafa in the Madrid Masters that Novak passed on playing, for his other Masters 1000 title.
But I don’t think Andy can reverse Nole’s owning their rivalry in 2016 at Novak’s favorite venue, the Rod Laver Arena. Maybe more luck later.

Okiegal Says:

C’mon Andy!!!!!!!

Okiegal Says:

Recently learned that my ancestors on maternal side hailed from Scotland!! Not sure if any of them immigrated from Spain……LOL Andy is my go to guy when Rafa is out, and Rafa got out early!! But I will press on and place my support with the Scottish lad…..

chrisford1 Says:

J-Kath, no he won’t give Andy a set, but I think deep down he would much rather see a final score of 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3 than beat Andy 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. Because there isn’t really a parenthesis around buddy..both Andy and Nole say one good thing about retiring will be they no longer have to keep their friendship at arms length due to highstakes competition.
Becker of course has no such feeling. To Becker a catastrophic defeat for Andy at the AO that hurts Andy’s confidence for the rest of 2016 is the optimum thing and he no doubt is in Nole’s ear – “No Mr Softee out there. You must never let up for an instant until match point is over. Andy cannot be allowed momentum against you. He und Stan iss your danger..not Rafa, not Fed.”

RZ Says:

Bracket update: Margot has taken the lead! Gypsy Gal and Nikola are fighting it out for second place.

Okiegal Says:

Let’s hear it for Margot!! Seems like the women know more about tennis than men…..and also a 12 yr old!!LOL

RZ Says:

Hear hear for Margot!
@Okie – not if you looked at my bracket. But I will plead guilty to bracket fixing. Sadly I have yet to be paid for my deliberate tank job. :-)

J-Kath Says:

Chrisford 1

Yes, to a great extent…Nole could feel a sense of great satisfaction at whacking Fed. but less so with Andy.

Ben Pronin Says:

I think Novak would rather crush everyone 6-1 6-0. Why waste time when you can get off the court quickly? Why give your opponent any sense of hope if you can avoid it? Why not send the whole tour a message saying “I’m number 1 and not even number 2 is close to me” if you can do so? These are professional athletes, not backyard buddies.

Tom Says:

Chelmsford1- I agree that Becker is making that clear to No1e. So tough to be friends at that level and then one them pummeled the other one consistently. I’m sure they will be closer when their playing days are over, maybe.

Okiegal Says:

@RZ…Well, tbh, I have not really figured out which posters are men and women. Now, if it has a gender name I got it….but not initials……..and monikers can throw me off too.
I have thought some on here have been women to find out they’re not…..mainly basing my opinion on how they write….and vice a versa!!

Gypsy Gal Says:

Must admit i thought Nikola was female,nice picture BTW,many tennis-x should start to do pictures with monikors?….

Gypsy Gal Says:

Maybe not many duh….

Heather-Flower Says:

Riding on the back of the Davis Cup victory and with Jamie also in a final has to be a good omen for this year, surely!….one last big hard slog!….stay with him, think big, dig deep, cut him dead, wear him out, not let him breathe for a minute, and kill that ball!…..just an average day at the office, Andy!…..visualise……

Nikola Says:

It was for Margot cose she won the bracket:) But thank you GG. Nikola (Cyrillic: Никола, Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [nǐkola]) is a unisex given name, derived from Greek Nikolaos (Νικόλαος), common in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. Besides the name “Nikola”, in Macedonia there is a name “Nikolče” (Николче), which is a diminutive of the name “Nikola”. In Poland, it is used as a female name, as is done with Nicola in the UK and Germany.

Nikola Says:

….stay with him, think big, dig deep, cut him dead, wear him out, not let him breathe for a minute, and kill that ball!….
And when you win Andy don’t forget to switch off your play station!

Gypsy Gal Says:

Well we now know what Nikola,Wogboy,Daniel,Kimberly,Jalep,Tennis Vagaond and i look like….

Pauly Says:

Murray won’t win
The epic battle with Raonic will have some effect but He isn’t good enough to beat Djokovic on his favourite surface Australian open !
It’s like trying to beat Nadal at French open in his prime … No one did that !
Murray will lose in 4 tight sets
But hopefully he can do better than last year when he had the match in good position but instead of concentrating he let Djokovic’s fake injury rattle him
Concentrate on Your own game andy don’t worry about your oppenant’s worries .
Andy is playing well & who knows he could sneak another Wimbledon this year ?
Clearly now andy is number 2

Margot Says:

*Waving regally and graciously* to all my fans. Signings of my latest book, “Against all the odds -You can do it too” will take place in London in March…;)

And for Andy fans, some analysis:

J-Kath Says:

Margot: Perhaps Sean and his co-writers should take a wee read at the AO analyst article you highlighted.

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