Murray cruises into last eight
Andy Murray, pictured, has reached the US Open quarter-finals after dispatching Milos Raonic in three sets
Andy Murray produced his best performance since the Olympic final to ease past dangerman Milos Raonic and reach the US Open quarter-finals.
Under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium is an environment where the Scot feels completely at home and he showed it with a brilliant display to defeat big-serving Raonic 6-4 6-4 6-2.
The 21-year-old Canadian is regarded as the best of the next generation but he had no answer as Murray progressed to his eighth straight grand slam quarter-final, where he will face Croatia's Marin Cilic.
Murray hit 31 winners and made only 12 unforced errors as he wrapped up victory in exactly two hours, and the 25-year-old said: "I used a lot of variation tonight. Milos has a huge game. I had to guess sometimes on the return. I got lucky a couple of times and I hit my passing shots really well tonight."
They had met once before, on clay in Barcelona earlier this year - a match Raonic won - and the 21-year-old certainly does not lack confidence.
He had served 89 aces in his first three matches - substantially more than anyone else in the tournament - and Murray was having difficulty just getting a racquet on the ball in the early stages. But it was the Scot who had the first break point of the match in the seventh game, only for Raonic to come up with a big serve and forehand.
Raonic came under pressure again in his next service game, though, largely of his own making with two double faults. This time Murray had three break points and he took the third with a cute forehand drop shot - a tactic that was serving him well.
An indication of how well Murray was playing was that Raonic was making more than 70% of his first serves but had still faced nine break points while the Scot had not given his opponent a single chance.
The Canadian had really thought this could be his moment but he was being kept at arm's length by the excellence of Murray, and he faced yet another break point in the seventh game.
The Scot had left Raonic floundering time and again with his dipping passing shots and two more gave him a 5-2 lead and a chance to serve for the match, which he managed with consummate ease.
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Murray is the best British tennis player for something like 10 million years and much better to watch than Him Tenman or Reg Gusedski (sic).
Some people don't like his personality on court. Some people get frustrated watching him. Some people are bigots and give the English people a bad name. Some people don't really like tennis but get confused by media hype into thinking they do actually like it - for these people Tennis is; wimbledon centre court, Sue Barker, strawberries, celebrity spotting whilst a European or American player serves admirably at 130 mph and Henman going out in the semis - they don't like change.
What I like most about Murray, apart from the fact he restores some pride in a nation with a less than excellent track record of producing tennis players, is he is an exciting player to watch.
Love him or loathe him he's a class act and looking ominously good.
And why is it that those who knock him can't spell - or even use a spellchecker? Maybe they're not very bright.
Just read through the comments posted below and I am so embarrassed by them.
The Scottish/English name calling is just ridiculous in the modern society we live in and to be honest I am shocked that any of the morons below actually know how to turn a computer on, let alone type a comment.
Andy is a proud Scot and BRITISH, I am a proud Englishman and BRITISH and when I am not supporting someone from England, I support the BRITISH. Oh and before any idiot decides to knock the fact that Andy is British, think back to less than a month ago when he was competing and proudly winning gold for Great Britain.
Honestly give some idiots a computer and they truly think they can say and do horrible things - MORONS!
Just to clarify, I do not think the Scottish in general have a chip on their shoulders but when spouting anti-english rhetoric it is clear that that particular Scot does, the same as the anti-scottish english morons do as well!
Please all grow up as reading crap like this from both parties is really embarrasing and a little out dated for the modern world we live in.
Oh I forgot to post what I really wanted to say -
Well done Andy, I really hope you can go all the way and win this one as your play this year has deserved a Slam title.
Dear Optimus I can understand why you have risen to the moronic comments of the "English" Murray haters but the majority of English tennis fans support Andy 100% and are just as annoyed by their comments.
However to then start having a go and slagging off the English simply gives credence to their arguments that the Scottish have a chip on their shoulders.
I am sure if Andy Murray read your comments he would be as disgusted with them as the stupid comments from the other idiots on here!
John lover seed.....
More bad spelling.... don't you worry about the B-O-R-D-E-R. Just you learn how to spell....
both Andy and his mother have done more for BRITISH tennis than anyone else for many many years
the majority of true british tennis followers support THE MURRAY CAMP
well done cleo you have once again INSULTED every olympic medal winner by referring to andy murray's olympic gold medal AS A MICKEY MOUSE MEDAL
I think all the OLYMPIANS AND PARALYMPIANS would disagree with you and feel extremely upset by the comment----regardless of which country the represent as will all true sports fans around the world
well done Andy Murray
i agree with an earlier post that he will go as far as his talent experience and lets be honest you need a bit of luck as well
he is a great asset to Scotland and Britain
ok we know he does not always portray himself as the happiest of campers but thats just his way
lets hope all TRUE tennis fans in Britain get behind Andy in his future matches---- our best male singles player
@ Chris Burford - Banter is fine amongst friends but it just beats me why someone would feel the need to try and wind people up that they don't know and particularly when hidden behind a computer screen. we can all be big men when hiding mate.
I just hate it when idiots like you genarlise on behalf of my nation (England) as you embarrass most of the people living in the country. I get the same when I am travelling abroad when idiots spoil it for the rest of us, making our great nation hated.
Well done Andy Murray! U are getting better all the time now and a joy to watch xx
Oh by the way the idiot from North of the border can't be doing too bad, he has earned more money than you will ever see in your lifetimes playing a sport that he loves.
What a Muppet
Thats irony by the way guys, probably over your heads so I thought I should explain it for you
I actually think that Chris Burford and Cleo have a crush on Andy Murray and as Andy is not interested in them they have to post vile personal posts on MSN as no one in the real world actually listens to them.
Both of them think they are clever hiding behind their keyboards and monitors yet neither of them could hold intelligent debate in actual real company as they would be quickly talked down and made to look stupid.
@ Chris Burford, you are an arrogant arse who shouldn't be allowed near a computer.
Comments like yours make me embarrassed to be english and do not in any way represent the feelings of TRUE englishmen.
Andy was born in Scotland which is still part of the British Isles, so therefore he is British by birth. His proudest moment in his sporting life came when he won gold in the olympics for Great Britain. Anyone could see he was proud to be representing his country, GREAT BRITAIN!
Carry on hiding behind your keyboard and monitor spouting pure bile as clearly you are an insignificant person in real life that needs to make his patheic little voice heard somehow.
Grow up you really do embarrass me!