Murray thrashes Raonic in Monte Carlo

Andy Murray

Murray is through to the Monte Carlo semi-finals for the third time

Britain’s Andy Murray is through to the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals following an impressive win over Canadian Milos Raonic.

The world number two won 6-2 6-0 in 66 minutes, and will play Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka next.

It was a much improved performance from Murray, who broke 10th seed Raonic’s serve five times.

In the other half of the draw, Roger Federer plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils faces Marcel Granollers.

“It’s the most challenging surface for me every year,” said Murray.

“It normally takes me a few weeks to remember what I need to do, how to move, the way to build up the points and making sure you don’t rush.”

Raonic undone by Murray returns

Murray needed almost three hours to beat Benoit Paire on Thursday and had struggled for form since the Australian Open in January – but he was close to his best against Raonic.

The Scot, 28, dominated all aspects of the game but was especially aggressive on the return, denying the big-serving Raonic a single ace and breaking five times.

“The two most important shots in tennis I did really well,” added Murray.

“I was getting a good read on the serve and, when he missed the first serve, I was being very offensive on the second serve return and putting him under pressure.

“The serve and the return for me were the best they’ve been for a while and I’m glad, because they weren’t so strong the last couple of matches.”


Raonic has now lost his last four matches against Murray

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