Tokyo: Milos Raonic of Canada ousted top-seeded Andy Murray to move into the final of the Japan Open, edging the defending champion 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) on Saturday. Raonic, seeded 6th and ranked 15th, will meet the winner of the second semi-final later on Saturday between local hope Kei Nishikori and unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.
Playing under a blazing sun at Ariake Colosseum, the big-hitting Raonic broke Murray in the opening game of the match, then used his strong serve and powerful forehand to go up 5-3, before breaking again to claim the set 6-3.
The Olympic champion looked sluggish from the outset and had to save two break points to hold serve for 1-1 in the second set. After Raonic held to go up 3-2, a frustrated Murray broke his racquet by smashing it on the court.
There were no breaks of serve in the second set, and the contest proceeded to a tie-break, where Raonic misplayed a volley to give Murray a 6-5 lead and then couldn't handle a Murray forehand that gave him the tie-break 7-5, squaring the contest....more
12:30 PM, Oct 06, 2012
Tokyo: Defending champion and top-seeded Andy Murray moved into the semi-finals of the Japan Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over seventh-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Friday. The US Open champion and Olympic gold medallist will play sixth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada in the semi-finals on Saturday. Raonic outlasted third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (7) in a match that took nearly 2 hours and 45 minutes....
01:49 PM, Oct 05, 2012