Murray fells wounded Raonic for fifth Melbourne final

Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:22am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Iron-clad defense triumphed over all-out attack as Andy Murray overhauled Milos Raonic 4-6 7-5 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 on Friday to book another Australian Open final against Melbourne Park nemesis Novak Djokovic.

World number two Murray came from behind twice to topple the rangy Canadian, who was troubled by a leg injury and finally capitulated after playing majestically for most of the four-hour and three-minute contest at a flood-lit Rod Laver Arena.

After leveling the match at two sets-all, Murray broke Raonic in the opening game of the decider and the flustered 13th seed smashed his racquet in frustration before promptly crumbling.

Murray roared on to close out the match with a dismissive crosscourt winner and reached his fifth final at Melbourne Park and fourth against the Serbian world number one.

"I started to get a slightly better read on his serve later on and that was the key," Murray, beaten by Djokovic in last year's final, said in a courtside interview.

"He definitely slowed down in the fifth set for sure which was unfortunate for him," the Scot said of Raonic's injury.

"I obviously got a bit lucky on that but you just try to focus on your side of the court."

Murray's four previous trips to the final have all ended in heartbreak, but he will have taken heart from his fighting comeback and ability to defuse Raonic's overwhelming power game.   Continued...

Britain's Andy Murray runs to hit a shot during his semi-final match against Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jason O'Brien Action Images via Reuters       T