Andy Murray eased into the final of the ATP Tour Cincinnati Open with a 6-3 6-3 win over Canada’s Milos Raonic.
Wimbledon and Olympic Games champion Murray clinched his 22nd straight win, and 50th of the year, against the man he beat to lift his third Grand Slam title last month.
Much like the rest of the week in the Ohio city, rain played a part in the early stages as play was called after only four points had been possible.
But Murray returned in hungry mood and broke to lead 3-1, with a second break enough to secure the opening set as there were no obvious signs of the shoulder and back issues that have affected him this week.
Raonic failed to improve in the second set and a single break, won from the only break point he secured, was enough to see Murray through to the final, where he will face either Grigor Dimitrov or Marin Cilic.
“I didn’t get broken the last couple of matches and when I was in difficult situations I made good choices.” said Murray, twice a champion in Cincinnati and now unbeaten since defeat to Novak Djokovic in the French Open final in May.
“That’s helped keep the matches shorter. If you’re a bit lower on confidence, regardless of how fresh you are, if you haven’t played loads of matches you make bad decisions in those moments.
“And because I’ve won a lot the last few months, that’s something that has been good, especially this week for sure. I’ve needed it to be because I haven’t been feeling perfect. I’ve managed to get through the matches pretty well.”
On Raonic, he added: “I think he was trying to be aggressive. I think he made maybe more mistakes than usual because of that.
“Maybe it appeared that he was being more aggressive, but I felt like he made more mistakes because he was trying to be more aggressive than usual. That’s how it felt to me.”