Murray Masterclass

Posted on September 4, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard

This was supposed to be a difficult match for Andy Murray against an in-form youngster serving aces at the rate of knots and making an impression at the top table of the game. How wrong that assessment looks now. Murray dismantled Milos Raonic in the most brutal fashion imaginable, winning 6-4 6-4 6-2 and taking his place in the quarter-finals where he will face Marin Cillic of Croatia.

Raonic looked stunned and knackered at the end after being given the runaround by an inspired Murray, who produced all the magic we know he is capable of. Deft touches at the net, solid serving and, of course, the trademark drop shots were all in evidence. When everything clicks, there’s no finer sight on the ATP World Tour than the flying Scotsman.

It was all completed with extraordinary ease. Raonic started well, buoyed by his superb performance in round three, but by the end he looked like he would be happy if he never saw a tennis a court again. It was an irresistible display, with Raonic describing the British number one’s performance as “simply amazing”.

If Raonic ever appeared to be growing in confidence, even in the slightest, Murray would produce something brilliant that would deflate the Canadian. Raonic’s post-match assessment was frank, saying:

There was not much I could do. I tried playing back, coming in a lot. He had solutions to everything. He took me out of the match. He said at the end, ‘Sorry.’ and I said, ‘Don’t be sorry, it was simply amazing, keep it up.’ He was blocking returns, neutralising me really well. It was tough in there. He did things I had no answer for, something I had not really experienced before.

Raonic will learn from this encounter and Murray marches on. In this kind of form, who can stop him?

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