Murray dumped out by Raonic

Fri, 27 Apr 16:52:00 2012

Andy Murray was outplayed by ‘New Pete Sampras’ Milos Raonic as the Scot was eliminated in straight sets from the quarter-finals of ATP Barcelona.

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during his match to Milos Raonic of Canada during their match on day 5 of the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open - 0

For long stretches of the match, Murray had no answer to the 6’5” Canadian’s service and eventually bowed out 4-6 6-7(3).

World number 25 Raonic, 21 years of age and expected to shoot up the ATP rankings this year, will play third seed David Ferrer in the semi-finals after he later beat seventh seed Feliciano Lopez 6-7(4) 7-6(7) 6-3.

Murray is ranked fourth in the world, but seemed the underdog against a player who will surely also compete for Grand Slam titles in the future.

"Clay's not (Murray's) best surface, but he consistently does well on it," Raonic said after the match.

"Last year he reached the semi-finals at the French Open, Monte Carlo and Rome, so he can play really well on it. For me, it was a big win, regardless of the surface."

The writing was on the wall as early as the first game, as Murray fought tooth and nail to hold in the face of an onslaught of Raonic forehands.

Raonic has slammed down well over 300 aces this year and started his haul in this match with a pair in his opening service game. At one point Murray, awarded a point for a serve incorrectly called long, displayed sportsmanship in unsuccessfully asking the umpire to overturn the decision. Had it been later in the match, he may have thought twice about such a magnanimous gesture.

The set remained on serve until 3-3, with Murray utterly unable to threaten that of his rival and having to battle to hold his own.

In the seventh game he came unstuck. Already in trouble at the start of the game, an ill-advised drop-shot brought Raonic in and, when Murray looked to lob, a smash put him break point down. An error followed to give Raonic control of the set.

He moved within a game of claiming it thanks, in part, to a scintillating winner which left Murray floundering. The latter then had to dig in to force the Canadian to serve it out, following up a double fault with a timely ace.

Serve it out he did, in typical style: he ended the set having won 94 per cent of his first-service points.

Murray improved on his serve in the second set, claiming a love game to hold as he went 2-1 up, but had again failed miserably to challenge the Raonic serve in the second game.

It was a different story in the fourth game. He took two points off the Raonic serve for the first time, thanks to errors, but also displayed a greater willingness to attack the net and force his rival’s hand. In doing so they went to deuce then advantage Murray, although Raonic ultimately served his way out of the situation.

It was a tactic that the Briton continued to adopt, but the man on the other side of the net was simply playing better than him; winners and cushioned volleys kept Murray in the match but he could not find a definitive answer to that serve or the barrage of groundstrokes that followed it when they were necessary.

At 3-3 Murray found himself two break points down and saved them then held with some kamikaze attacking at the net.

Raonic levelled once more then broke as a flat winner right on the sideline defeated Murray’s despairing dive before he converted the subsequent chance.

With Raonic serving for the match, Murray looked down and out. However while powerless at the back of the court his opponent smashed long then hit another shot out to give him hope; two break points, the second of them converted, were won with a brave passing shot on the run.

A perfect service game followed, but Raonic also held to force a tie-break - and Murray looked a beaten man in losing six of the first seven points.

A brief fightback in which he held two service points proved insufficient as Murray bowed out to a player he will likely face in more illustrious circumstances in future.

Jonathan Symcox - on Twitter @Symco_Eurosport / Eurosport

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  1. Murray is good at one thing- losing.

    From Hi, on Sun 29 Apr 2:01
  2. Murray will shine. JUST WAIT.......

    From EDDIE, on Sun 29 Apr 0:23
  3. I'm not surprised that Raonic won as he's a­ really good player so well done to him on a tremendous­ victory. As for Murray, well, I think this defeat goes­ to prove that not only does he have to find a way to­ beat the top three in Slams but he also has to be aware­ that there are talented younger guys coming up behind­ him. He's no longer an up and coming youngster;­ he's going to be 25 soon and if he's going to­ win a major he needs to do it this year or else he may­ get swept aside by the new kids on the block. This is­ the real thing, not a dress rehearsal and his chances­ will run out one day. I'd like to see him win a­ major and while I believe Lendl can help him with some­ aspects of his game, he's on his own when he's­ on court.

    From HotRedClay, on Sat 28 Apr 22:37
  4. He will always be an also ran

    From yahoo user, on Sat 28 Apr 19:12
  5. @ Shotmaker: Perhaps it's not a question of talent­ - but the fact that Ferrer was playing on his home­ territory in Spain - and got the support that Murray­ clearly lacks.

    From M, on Sat 28 Apr 15:54
  6. Miserable git!

    From John T, on Sat 28 Apr 15:24
  7. Sorry Vicky, murray has done NOTHING for British­ tennis!

    From , on Sat 28 Apr 13:16
  8. @ Mike: And a character assassination is helpful is it?­ No wonder no one else dares to play tennis in this­ country. You'd need skin like a rhino!!

    From M, on Sat 28 Apr 12:30
  9. It's absolutely FUTILE to continue, almost­ desperately, to defend Andy Murray and to continue to­ vow that he will "come good" one of these­ days. The poor fellow has had more chances to­ "come good" than you can shake a stick at. He­ NEVER comes good, he disappoints every single time­ (unless the opposition is weedy) and he comes across as­ the worst loser in the world. There is NOTHING gracious­ about him. He has no class at all. Even a peasant like­ Nadal behaves like a royal prince compared with Andy.­ Andy's dress sense on court is utterly appalling.­ His language is the language of a Whitehaven­ fishing-boat first mate. He is as ungainly as a­ drunkard. Hs post-match interviews display an­ incoherent, insensitive lout. He's PROBABLY a­ pretty decent, fun-loving teddy-bear. BUT WHY IS­ BRITAIN TRYING TO CONVERT THIS WRECK INTO A NATIONAL­ HERO? Is it because everyone is heartily sick of David­ Beckham and there's absolutely nobody else, other­ than in Scotland?

    From Mike, on Sat 28 Apr 12:20
  10. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Nadal gets­ 'dumped out' by Raonic as well.

    From M, on Sat 28 Apr 11:46
  11. Always like to see the scot get beat.

    From Andrew, on Sat 28 Apr 11:40
  12. @ Ronan: I think you made that up mate!

    From M, on Sat 28 Apr 11:38
  13. He's still the best we've had for a long, long­ time. Things will get better, just needs that lucky­ break. Us arm chair pundits have hindsight, know all­ the best shots. Probably can't pat a ball on the­ edge of the frame for more than 12 goes!

    From Ned, on Sat 28 Apr 10:46
  14. i'm not surprise.

    From Raul Sanchez, on Sat 28 Apr 10:38
  15. useless 'sweaty sock', whining jock SOB

    From Disgusted, on Sat 28 Apr 10:26
  16. There a lots of players who are not winning tournaments­ or slams all the time - about oh, hundreds at the lower­ rankings. Do we villify them for trying? No. The only­ one the brits love to hate is Andy Murray - mainly­ because if a comment made in jest YEARS AGO. The other­ reason the brits are so callous about him - because­ that's the only thing THEY are good at! It's­ become a sport in itself and is an embarrassment. Other­ countries celebrate their sports people if they get in­ the top 50!

    From M, on Sat 28 Apr 8:51
  17. Don C, I wouldn't advice any one to send their kids­ there. They will only learn how to swear and to be an­ underperformer.

    From Half A Brain, on Sat 28 Apr 8:16
  18. #73 Mike, Andy will open tennis schools in every city­ in GREAT BRITAIN, not just England!!!!!

    From Don C, on Sat 28 Apr 8:09
  19. to those that say Andy will never win a Grand Slam, all­ i can say is he has a better chance than you, try and­ take a good look at your own lives before mocking­ someone else, and maybe you'll find he has made a­ better go of his life than you have, he has won many­ tournaments against the same players, i would love to­ see your trophy cabinets.

    From kenneth, on Sat 28 Apr 7:24
  20. Nothing is certain for RG! People are talking that RG­ is Nadal home and so on! Is true, in the statistics­ Nadal is second favourite after world number one Novak­ Djokovici, but it does not means that the others should­ not even play! So let wait until then!

    From IONEL, on Sat 28 Apr 6:23
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