Murray Tops Tomic, Big-Serving Raonic Next on Saturday at Cincinnati; Cilic-Dimitrov In Other SF

by Staff | August 19th, 2016, 11:32 pm

Andy Murray, apparently, is unstoppable.
Fresh off his second straight gold medal effort at the Olympics, the Brit on Friday night turned back a stern test from Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 to move into the semifinals at Cincinnati, extending his current win streak to a personal-best 21 wins in a row and claim his 200th career Masters victory.

“When I was behind on my on serve games I served well,” Murray said regarding one of the keys to the match. “That was the difference. I just played the bigger points better tonight.”

Murray will next meet the red-hot Canadian Milos Raonic in a rematch of their Wimbledon final. The No. 4 seed never faced a break point in serving Dominic Thiem off the court 6-3, 6-4.

“Return of serve obviously will be key,” Murray said. “He has one of the biggest serves in the game.”

Raonic for his part was dominant in putting down Thiem in this first-time meeting, never facing a break point.

“I’ve practiced with him many times, so to some extent I have an understanding of his game, like he has of mine,” said Raonic, who dropped 17 aces on the Austrian. “But it’s different come match time, so I did a little bit of studying. I feel like I took that all in and adapted well. I’ve definitely watched plenty of his matches, especially throughout this year, because he’s been playing well. He’s been there in the latter stages of each and every tournament.

I’ve spent a lot of time with [coach] John [McEnroe] talking about various different things he think I need to improve when I come forward, angles to cover, what other guys can and cannot do. I think I’ve made good progress there.”

Raonic is 0-3 career in Masters-level tournament finals and has lost six straight to Murray. He’s playing in his second Cincinnati semifinal, Murray his fifth.

“We played some important matches this year in Australia in the semis and then the Wimbledon final, Queen’s final as well,” Murray said of Raonic who he leads 7-3. “It’s been tight, but just managed to play a little bit better in the important moments, which is – especially playing against a big server – very important. You don’t get loads of chances. Hopefully I will do that again tomorrow.”

In the other quarterfinals, Grigor Dimitrov fought through a tight first-set tiebreak to beat new American No. 1 and fellow unseeded player Steve Johnson 7-6(8), 6-2.

“As soon as I came out to play that second set, I felt a little bit more relaxed and a little bit more confident,” said Dimitrov who avenged a loss to Johnson at Wimbledon. “I was looking more for his serve and waiting in a different spot, so that helped a lot.”

Once touted as “Baby Fed” and a sure Top 10 mainstay, the struggling Dimitrov has now reached his first semifinal at a Masters-level event since Canada in 2014, but he’s never made a final.

Next Dimitrov will face No. 12 seed Marin Cilic, who advanced when his fellow Croat Borna Coric retired due to a knee injury after losing the first set 6-2. It marks Cilic’s first career Masters semifinal after failing previously in his first 70.

“I’ve been a little bit up and down with the form in last 18 months, but when I feel that I’m playing great, I know that I’m going to always have a shot against top guys,” said Cilic. “Here is the first time I made it to the semifinals ever on a Masters 1000 tournament, so it’s obviously big step forward for me.”

Cilic leads Dimitrov 2-1 in their career head-to-head having just whipped the Bulgarian last week in Rio.

CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
WTA – [15] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [4] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [12] M. Cilic (CRO) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

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15 Comments for Murray Tops Tomic, Big-Serving Raonic Next on Saturday at Cincinnati; Cilic-Dimitrov In Other SF

Colin Says:

Andy will have to be at his best against Raonic,who is moving well with his foot problem apparently cured. In a five setter, Andy would most likely be victorious,but the shorter format means he won’t want to be broken early on.

It’s nice to be watching tennis from the US again after Rio, where the commentators didn’t bother to translate the metric serve speed. I saw only the first set of the match with Thiem, but Milos already reached 143 mph. Andy will need to get that lob working!

Margot Says:

A step too far. Delgardo said Andy is, “running on fumes.”

AndyMira Says:

Andy is the 2nd best returner of all time..even then it’s just a very little margin from the BEST RETURNER of all time,namely Novak Djokovic..and Andy definitely will use this privilege to the maximum tomorrow..FINAL,HERE I COME!!

AndyMira Says:

Sorry my dearest Andy fan’s…borrow your thread for a okie,willow,Giles and novak fan’s..Rafa’s and Novak outfit for USO..

Giles Says:

Thanks AM. :)

AndyMira Says:

My pleasure Giles..although i very much hope that we’re be able to enjoy see him wear it till the 2nd week..not like last year!He he..

AndyMira Says:

Another good good win for Andy…as expected Andy sailed through without much good as Milos is,he simply don’t have a firepower to hurt Andy today..but that was expected as well because it’s hard to duel with the 2nd best in business if you’re not at your best..Short to say,Andy simply played sensational tennis today..he’s only made 9 UE’s compared to Milos 31..


Colin Says:

That’ll teach me to make pessimistic comments in advance. Andy really has moved to a new level this year.

Surely he must win this tournament now? Mustn’t he?

Daniel Says:

Murray is on a run and winning only makes you want to win more. 7 straight finals since Madrid and 3 straight titles, could be 4th tomorrow.
Will try to watch some of Dimi x Cilic now.

James Says:

Colin, almost the entire world uses the metric system – because it is more logical and easy compared to the alternatives. Nothing wrong with that being used at the Olympics.

Colin Says:

James, I didn’t say anything about the use of the Metric System by the Olympics. I merely wanted the commentators at Cincy to use mph. because that’s an American event, and the USA does still use Imperial measurement of distance. Another example of American ambiguity. American English is most of the time deliberately different from British English, mostly to the detriment of clarity. That is largely the fault of one man – Noah Webster – who took it upon himself to reform the language. In the process he created imprecision and ambiguity. It’s a pet gripe of mine.

Wog Boy Says:

Even Australia and NZ adopted metric (decimal) system in 60s, the only time you can here somebody talking in imperial measurements is some very old tradies or farmers, imperial system is long gone here.

Willow Says:

For you Wogboy, congrats to Serbia for winning a gold medal in water polo ….

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