Murray beats Raonic, to play Cilic in Cincinnati final

Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:11am EDT
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(Reuters) - Sizzling hot Andy Murray roared into his seventh successive final with a commanding victory over Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Saturday.

Olympic champion Murray, who beat Raonic in the Wimbledon final, notched his career-best 22nd consecutive win by blunting the fourth-seeded Canadian's intimidating service game in a 6-3 6-3 semi-final victory.

Top seed Murray, gearing up for the U.S. Open in nine days, the last grand slam of the year, will face 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia in the final.

Cilic overcame Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 4-6 6-3 7-5, coming back twice from a break down in the third set in a match that ended past 1:30 AM ET following a two-hour rain delay after play was stopped in the second game.

Murray has won 11 of 13 matches against 12th seed Cilic.

Heavy rain also fell just before the scheduled start of the Murray-Raonic semi-final and then four points into it there was a delay for several minutes due to some heavy misting.

Raonic seemed off rhythm from the start, double-faulting twice as the Scot registered a break in the opening game.

"He served a couple of doubles that first game and I managed to get the break, and then had the momentum from there," said Murray, who registered his fifth win against Raonic this season.

Two-times Cincinnati winner Murray, playing with energy and excellence from sideline to sideline, broke Raonic again in the ninth game to close out the first set.   Continued...

Aug 20, 2016; Mason, OH, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts against Milos Raonic (CAN) in the semifinals during the Western and Southern tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports