Andy Murray progressed into the Quarter Finals of the US Open after dismantling Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 6-2.
There has been much talk about the rising star from Canada being the next big thing in tennis, but world number three Andy Murray showed just how vulnerable Raonic really is, defeating the Canadian in straight sets with a display of incredible skill and poise. The first set went with serve for the first eight games, but the Canadian showed his lack of big match experience and made a catalog of errors to drop serve and allow the Brit to serve out the set. The second set was so much more one-sided with Murray dictating play against Raonic’s massive forehand, a feat not many players have accomplished, Andy was able to punish the world number sixteen’s absurdly poor backhand and keep the forehand at bay with some of his best poisoned slices to keep the ball low, at times making Raonic’s serve look average with his unbelievable returning. Having claimed an early break in the second set, Britain’s best ever player came out and served the second set out supremely.
The final set of the match was a total wipeout, with Andy not allowing Milos to feel comfortable at all, his passing shot just sublime finding every section of the court and using his much improved forehand to blow the Canadian off the court, with a double break under his belt Murray served the match out to love with ease. The world number four was at his ruthless best showing exactly what separates the top four from the rest of the pack, Raonic commented in his pre match interview that his win over Andy in Barcelona had humanised him and that Andy would have to adapt his game to Raonic, well all I can say is that the Canadian was sorely mistaken as this match has highlighted the real difference between endurance in a masters event compared to a grand slam, as for the claim that Andy would have to adapt to him well Andy finished the match facing zero break points and broke Raonic four times which is the exact amount he had been broken in the whole tournament!
I briefly mentioned Raonic’s backhand but I have to say if he is going to even get close to the top four he is going to need to improve it immensely, as he couldn’t control it nor put any pace on the ball with it, the Canadians movement also needs a lot of work, Andy really made him explore parts of the court he has never travelled too with some breathtaking drop shots highlighting Raonic’s dodgy movement. All in all one of Andy Murray’s best performances of the year, using his weapons to counteract his opponent all the way through the match. The world number fours quarter-final opponent is Marin Cilic of Croatia, the two have met many times with Murray leading their head to head 6-1 so the Brit is the overwhelming favourite to reach the semi finals and set up a likely Olympic gold medal rematch with Roger Federer.