Murray continues run, to face Raonic in Cincinnati

Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:14am EDT
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(Reuters) - Andy Murray continued his golden run on Friday with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Australia's Bernard Tomic to move into the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The world number two pushed through the fatigue of an arduous schedule and overcame a 4-3 deficit in the second set where he won the final three games to continue his spectacular run, that has included his second Wimbledon crown and defense of his Olympics singles title.

"I think the conditions here help a little," Murray said.

"It's pretty quick and there are not a lot of long rallies. That helped me tonight. I played the big points well and that was the difference. That comes from winning big matches and making better decisions."

Murray was last defeated by Novak Djokovic in the French Open final in June and will now meet Milos Raonic in the semi-finals after the big-serving Canadian beat Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem.

Raonic lost to Murray in the Wimbledon final.

"He's got one of the biggest serves in the game," Murray said. "I'll need to (return) well if I want to win."

Raonic unleashed 17 aces and did not face a break point during the 68-minute match that put him within two wins of his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.

"I've practiced with him many times, so to some extent I have an understanding of his game, like he has of mine," Raonic told the ATP Tour website.   Continued...

Aug 19, 2016; Mason, OH, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) acknowledges the crowd after defeating Bernard Tomic (AUS) in the quarterfinals during the Western and Southern tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports