Murray dismantles Raonic

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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!

MON' ANDY!
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
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/stats/day14/1403ms.html?promo=sumscores
September 04, 2012, 10:39 AM
By Ruthie

Fantastic 3 set win from Andy! Reading all comments he played awesome! Majestic Murray!   cmon yeah cmon yeah yay yay I was in bed reading till nearly 3am, could not watch, I was so nervous, had a bad stomach, and feeling sick. I just could not bring myself to watch I was just so worried, after watching Raonic's video about how Andy would have to play his game to suit HIM, I was so scared, I did say lots of prayers for Andy during the night, could not stop thinking about the match, but just could not bring myself to watch it, I was a mess. Will watch it today in a calm state.
September 04, 2012, 10:44 AM
By ChrisMac

Thanks for those stats Ruthie. They really show how well Murray played.How is it that he can reach such heights and then sometimes be almost unable to serve at all?  I shall remember his match against Raonic for a long time to come
September 04, 2012, 10:48 AM
By benniebone

Fantastic 3 set win from Andy! Reading all comments he played awesome! Majestic Murray!   cmon yeah cmon yeah yay yay I was in bed reading till nearly 3am, could not watch, I was so nervous, had a bad stomach, and feeling sick. I just could not bring myself to watch I was just so worried, after watching Raonic's video about how Andy would have to play his game to suit HIM, I was so scared, I did say lots of prayers for Andy during the night, could not stop thinking about the match, but just could not bring myself to watch it, I was a mess. Will watch it today in a calm state.

I think this teaches us that this sort of pre-match talk is just bluster, from any player. I'm glad that Andy doesn't engage in it because it just serves to fire up your opponent and makes you look silly when you get whacked.
September 04, 2012, 10:49 AM
By Joe

I may be wrong but I think Raonic only got to deuce once on Andy's serve.

Yep, I think you are right, just to deuce the once.

Fantastic 3 set win from Andy! Reading all comments he played awesome! Majestic Murray!   cmon yeah cmon yeah yay yay I was in bed reading till nearly 3am, could not watch, I was so nervous, had a bad stomach, and feeling sick. I just could not bring myself to watch I was just so worried, after watching Raonic's video about how Andy would have to play his game to suit HIM, I was so scared, I did say lots of prayers for Andy during the night, could not stop thinking about the match, but just could not bring myself to watch it, I was a mess. Will watch it today in a calm state.

My American comms just loved the match!

How Andy nullified the one weapon Milos had, his serve.
September 04, 2012, 10:50 AM
By Bevc

Thanks for the report Phil, it was a great match from Andy and a masterclass for Milos.  Maybe now he realises that to be a great tennis player and beat the best you need more than a big serve, big mouth and big head.
September 04, 2012, 11:07 AM
By sengamac

Gr8 report again Boogers. clap  Good to see your happy face. Wink
September 04, 2012, 11:25 AM
By blueberryhill

A top top performance from Murray and an honor to watch.
September 04, 2012, 11:30 AM
By drchef

Hi All,

I know I am going to tempt fate, but it feels to me as if Andy is hitting his Olympics form again, and at the right time. There was something in the way he played last night that reminded me so much of the way he was at the Olympics, calm, efficient, with the right game plan that he executed perfectly.

What I do feel is interesting, I said as much yesterday, is that there seems to be consensus across the more knowledgable comms that Andy's issues before last night were not with his game, but with the conditions, indeed, there have been comments about how well Andy has played so far. I'm not saying the Lopez match wasn't tricky, and I'm not saying Andy didn't seem nervous in the first round, but he has responded to threats so well throughout so far, lifting his game when he needed to and playing some magical stuff. When he has struggled it has been with the heat and humidity, not his tennis really. If it is going to be a bit cooler over the next few days I think he'll be fine. To be truthful, and also tempting fate, it feels like he has whethered that particular storm anyway. I hope so.

Having watched the match now, I have to say that Andy was superb, really fantastic. He served really well, returned brilliantly, and was focused and calm throughout. It must be tempting when playing someone like Raonic to get frustrated and impatient, but Andy didn't. He said before the match that he had to be patient, and he was. As ever for me though, the highlight of the match was Andy's shot-making skills. His passing shots were.....Well, words fail. Miraculous might just about get close.

I think Raonic might well have been taught a lesson. Part of it is don't muck with Murray lol. However, more importantly, it's that one day he may well challenge in the business end of slams, but that day is a way off yet. He is young, he does have time, but the challenge he faces is the one they all face at some point. To not get blown up by his own publicity. Raonic has been touted for a while now as the next big thing, and to be fair, though I don't like his game particularly, I think it's a bit one-dimensional, he has some of the tools needed to go far. What he needs to do is learn and grow as a player, and balance self belief with just a dash of humility, although credit to him for the way he was in defeat, because that was gracious.

I do think this one was important for Andy moving forward, beyond this tournament. Another loss to Raonic, in a slam no less, would have fed Raonic's confidence no end, irrespective of Andy's ability to beat him in other situations. It would have been a psychological advantage to Raonic, who could have built on it to become Andy's bogeyman. Now Andy has sent a clear signal out that he isn't going away, and certainly not to a new boy. I think it has also sent a clear signal out to the locker room of where Andy's mind and game are now, and his intentions over the days ahead.
Anyway, I haven't looked at all the stats yet, but the fact that Andy made just 12 unforced errors and something like 31 winners says it all for me. He was brilliant. clap clap clap clap clap clap.
September 04, 2012, 11:45 AM
By teejay1

Hi All,

I know I am going to tempt fate, but it feels to me as if Andy is hitting his Olympics form again, and at the right time. There was something in the way he played last night that reminded me so much of the way he was at the Olympics, calm, efficient, with the right game plan that he executed perfectly.

What I do feel is interesting, I said as much yesterday, is that there seems to be consensus across the more knowledgable comms that Andy's issues before last night were not with his game, but with the conditions, indeed, there have been comments about how well Andy has played so far. I'm not saying the Lopez match wasn't tricky, and I'm not saying Andy didn't seem nervous in the first round, but he has responded to threats so well throughout so far, lifting his game when he needed to and playing some magical stuff. When he has struggled it has been with the heat and humidity, not his tennis really. If it is going to be a bit cooler over the next few days I think he'll be fine. To be truthful, and also tempting fate, it feels like he has whethered that particular storm anyway. I hope so.

Having watched the match now, I have to say that Andy was superb, really fantastic. He served really well, returned brilliantly, and was focused and calm throughout. It must be tempting when playing someone like Raonic to get frustrated and impatient, but Andy didn't. He said before the match that he had to be patient, and he was. As ever for me though, the highlight of the match was Andy's shot-making skills. His passing shots were.....Well, words fail. Miraculous might just about get close.

I think Raonic might well have been taught a lesson. Part of it is don't muck with Murray lol. However, more importantly, it's that one day he may well challenge in the business end of slams, but that day is a way off yet. He is young, he does have time, but the challenge he faces is the one they all face at some point. To not get blown up by his own publicity. Raonic has been touted for a while now as the next big thing, and to be fair, though I don't like his game particularly, I think it's a bit one-dimensional, he has some of the tools needed to go far. What he needs to do is learn and grow as a player, and balance self belief with just a dash of humility, although credit to him for the way he was in defeat, because that was gracious.

I do think this one was important for Andy moving forward, beyond this tournament. Another loss to Raonic, in a slam no less, would have fed Raonic's confidence no end, irrespective of Andy's ability to beat him in other situations. It would have been a psychological advantage to Raonic, who could have built on it to become Andy's bogeyman. Now Andy has sent a clear signal out that he isn't going away, and certainly not to a new boy. I think it has also sent a clear signal out to the locker room of where Andy's mind and game are now, and his intentions over the days ahead.
Anyway, I haven't looked at all the stats yet, but the fact that Andy made just 12 unforced errors and something like 31 winners says it all for me. He was brilliant. clap clap clap clap clap clap.
Hi Teejay, couldn't agree more re your assessment of this match. Andy played a blinder and as you rightly say has sent a clear message not only to Raonic but to the other players. I always enjoy reading your posts Teejay, they are warm,witty and very insightful. You always seem to" put the nail on the head" as to Andy's performances. He seemed to carry an aura last night that said"I have an answer for anything you care to dish up". Not quite an air of invincibility but pretty close. It was also great to see Ivan smiling at Andy's brilliant shot-making, he looked like a proud father!
September 04, 2012, 12:05 PM
By Patsy

Anyone has a link where I can watch the whole match? Please. Missed it because I was on hospital duty.
September 04, 2012, 12:09 PM
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