September 3, 2012
Andy Murray schools Milos Raonic at U.S. Open
By QMI Agency
Just. Too. Good.
Third-seeded Andy Murray schooled Milos Raonic in elite, late-round tennis at a Grand Slam, ending the Canadian star's run at the U.S. Open in straight sets Monday in Flushing Meadows.
Raonic had no answers for a nearly perfect Murray, the 2012 Olympic champ, in dropping a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 decision that put the 25-year-old Scot into the quarterfinals against 12th-seed Marin Cilic. At least Murray ended the suffering quickly, putting Raonic away in a shade over two hours.
It got so bad that, at one point late in the third set, Raonic could be seen with a wry smile, muttering "What am I supposed to do" to anybody within earshot. Yes, it was that kind of night for the 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont.
"I tried to stay focused for every point and I think I did a good job of that," Murray said on court immediately after chasing Raonic, the 15th seed. "I got lucky a couple of times and hit my passing shots very well."
Raonic held an edge in some of the statistical categories -- 14-8 in aces,34-31 in winners and, in a more telling stat, 27-12 in unforced errors -- and didn't play particularly poorly. But Murray had everything in his arsenal working, including some passing shots that had Raonic shaking his head in disbelief.
All Murray needed to win the first two sets was a single break in each. He broke serve twice more in the third as Raonic's frustration mounted.
Incredibly, Raonic never got a sniff on Murray's serve. He had no break points in the match, which shows just how good Murray was in this one.
The closest Raonic came to breaking Murray came when he trailed 2-1 in the third set. But an incredible passing backhand down the line -- it was placed perfectly and a charging Raonic got nothing but air -- allowed him to tie the game 30-all and he ended up saving it to go up 3-1.