By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray notched up his 21st and 22nd consecutive victories to reach the finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

On Friday night the Brit beat Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semis, before defeating Raonic 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday. Murray has now reached seven finals in succession. This remarkable run of form has seen him claim the Queens, Wimbledon and Olympic titles in the space of two months.

The pair have met five times this year, with Murray triumphing on every occasion. Ranoic did come close to causing an upset at the Australian open in January, but has rarely threatened since. The Canadian's game is dominated by his serve - a brutal weapon, but one that Murray is more often than not able to neutralise.

So it was again today. R...
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By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray achieved the 600th match win of his professional career by beating Kevin Anderson in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters, 6-3, 6-2.

Murray took only 116 matches to move from win 500 to last night's 600. Of more immediate importance, he stretched his current winning streak to a nice round 20 matches and continued his excellent summer form.

Furthermore, as the other top seeds tumbled out on a day of surprises, Murray was left standing and is in with a real chance of taking this tournament as well.

Against South Africa's big-serving giant Anderson, Murray fell down an early break but showcased his brilliant defensive skills to get back level immediately. A trademark lob over the big man and a cross-court passing fore...
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By Katie Finnegan
Olympic champion Andy Murray eased past Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati.

Murray lost only four points on his first serve and was far more effective than Monaco on return, the Argentine struggling to make inroads. Although the world number 2 needed treatment on his shoulder during the first set, he recovered well to close out the match.

The scoreline was even for the first six games, both players failing to convert break points. But Murray took advantage of another break point opportunity at 4-3 to take the lead before closing out the set.

The players exchanged breaks to start the second set, but the world number 2 broke again immediately in the third game to regain the lea...
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By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray became the first tennis player to win two Olympic singles gold medals after beating Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5 in Rio.

Murray's second gold medal capped a dramatic day which saw Team GB secure five gold medals. It was fitting, that he did so after a thrilling see-saw encounter that lasted more than four hours and saw 14 breaks of serve.

Since winning the 2009 US Open, Del Potro has suffered a disruptive sequence of wrist injuries. The Argentine recently admitted that he had been considering retirement - but after beating Djokovic in the first round, Nadal in the semis and running Murray close in the final, he looks to be close to his best.

The initial exchanges suggested that this could be a routine outing as Murray broke early and pu...
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By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray remains on course to be the first man to win two Olympic singles titles after a routine 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kei Nishikori.

After the travails of his previous two matches, Murray played consistent and controlled tennis throughout to dismiss the Japanese number one in just over 70 minutes.  The Brit will meet Juan Martín del Potro in the final on Sunday.

The first set was a thoroughly one sided affair as Murray broke twice and barely sweated on his own serve. Nishikori, perhaps feeling some residual fatigue from his marathon quarterfinal against Monfils, attempted to keep points short. It was not a successful gambit against one of the greatest defenders in the modern game.

The second set was a closer affair. Nishikori t...
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By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray is once more through to the semi-finals of the Olympic tennis event after a memorable scrap against rising American Steve Johnson. The second seed battled through to a 6-0 4-6 7-6 victory.

Murray was made to work all the way by the 22nd-ranked Johnson and looked below par in the final two sets. Ultimately, though, tennis at this exalted level is about finding a way to win and, with 16 victories in a row now, this is where the Scot excels.

The Rio Olympics has thrown up two cakewalks for Murray followed by a couple of rollercoasters. Against Fognini in the last round, the Wimbledon champion found himself 0-3 down in the final set, but somehow engineered a victory.

Against Johnson, he was once more a break down in the...
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