Murray dismantles Raonic

By for on
Andy Murray produced a superb display of all court tennis to nullify Milos Raonic and reach the quarter finals of the US Open. The Scot won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in just over two hours.

Ranoic's huge serve and equally big forehand form the nucleus of his game. The Canadian has hit a staggering 733 aces so far this year, second only to John Isner, and leads the way in terms of points won on first serve. If an opponent does manage to neutralise the first serve (easier said than done!) the Canadian often struggles. His ground game lacks consistency and his net play can, at times, be reminiscent of Roddick in net rushing mode.

So, nullifying the first serve was key... and boy did Murray do just that. Time and time again the Scot got on the end of serves which by rights should have been outright winners. Without his key stroke, Raonic's Plan B appeared to consist mostly of rushing to the net and watching agape as Murray threaded yet another pin point pass down the line.

Murray's own service games were oases of calm by comparison. Raonic failed to create any break point chances and the Scot was rarely under any sort of pressure. Mild moments of concern in the third set (not that dropping to 15-30 down is especially concerning) were averted with big serves.

This was a pleasing performance from Murray, especially when contrasted with his fourth round struggles against Lopez. Tactics and execution were perfect and a dangerous opponent was dispatched quickly and efficiently. His opponents press conference comments summed it up nicely: "He did things I had no answer for, something I had not really experienced before" and  "it was simply amazing".

Next up is Marin Cilic, scheduled for some time on Wednesday.
Just brilliant.  OH YES  Very Happy   Bring on Cilic!!
September 04, 2012, 08:38 AM
By backhandslice

Have only read accounts of the match, I'm looking forward to watching it the afternoon. Having been very annoyed with Milos and his pre match comments, he has redeemed himself with post match comments, where he admitted that he was in awe of the way Andy played and how he had completely out played him even though he was playing his best. I do think he now has great respect for Andy and I hope he will never come out with similar comments again against any of his opponents.
September 04, 2012, 08:45 AM
By michelle

What skills! Mesmerising at times. I could not take my eyes from the screen throughout the first two sets -- totally locked in! What a variety of shots!

September 04, 2012, 09:36 AM
By tomthoms

Can't wait to see the replay when I get home tonight.  This can be your year Andy, woohoo, so happy,  yay
September 04, 2012, 09:52 AM
By KitKat

Good and fair report, Phil.

Andy handed out a masterclass of supreme tennis. Well done our man!

Incidentally, noted that Andy varied his pre-serving bounce; from his usual 3 up to maximum of 6.
September 04, 2012, 10:07 AM
By OldScotSupport

Although I've not yet watched it, the report reads well and conveys the efficiency with which Andy appears to have dispatched someone who could have been a troubling opponent.  I too have warmed to Raonic abit having heard the honesty of his response to being utterly outclassed.  I think he may have learned a lesson about how to talk about your opponents.  For me this victory is significant more for what it augurs for the future than necessarily this tournament.  Had Raonic won he could have become one of those bogeymen who can plague Andy and you can imagine just how he'd have reminded Andy of that the next time they met.
I love the fact that Andy sounds to have used the variety in his game to outsmart the big server.  Those who were worried that he'd lost that side of his game in the pursuit of more aggression need worry no more it sounds like.  I think Andy has well and truly emerged from a tricky period of transition to become a pretty complete player.  The next trick is to be able to maintain that level or something close to it match in match out.
In the mean time all I can do is  clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap
September 04, 2012, 10:19 AM
By Ruthie

Not one break point for Milos during the whole match.  Didn't even look like getting one - my comms, not me saying that.

Well done Andy!

Nice to see you got out of the right side of the bed today Phil goodjob (yeah, I guess the result helps too).
September 04, 2012, 10:22 AM
By Bevc

Yes not one break point is pretty phenomenal isn't it.  And the stats generally look good - I posted the bbc report, which has them, on the other thread.
September 04, 2012, 10:23 AM
By Ruthie

Yes not one break point is pretty phenomenal isn't it.  And the stats generally look good - I posted the bbc report, which has them, on the other thread.

I may be wrong but I think Raonic only got to deuce once on Andy's serve.
September 04, 2012, 10:37 AM
By Alis

Wow, that's pretty amazing.
Here are some more match stats from USO website
September 04, 2012, 10:39 AM
By Ruthie

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