Murray puts paid to Tomic in Cincinnati

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Murray puts paid to Tomic in Cincinnati

Andy Murray has set up a re-run of the Wimbledon final, dispatching Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-4 to move into the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

The ATP number two will take on Milos Raonic, whom he beat at the All England Club last month. Murray holds an 8-4 record in the series with the Canadian, beating him four times this season.

Murray continued to fight off fatigue from his Olympic gold medal win last weekend in Rio in defeating the Australian in Friday’s late match. Tomic had shown strong signs of having regained form in the earlier rounds of the Ohio tournament.

“Conditions help a bit. There are not a lot of long rallies. I have a few days off when this week is done and then I’ll prepare for the US Open,” the Scot said.

“I knew that coming straight from the Olympics, I was going to be tired. But I’ve still managed to win.”

Murray has won 21 games on the trot, standing 32-1 since losing the Madrid final to Novak Djokovic last May.

Fourth seed Raonic beat Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 on the back of 17 aces.

Thiem, seeded eighth, was unable to profit from a third-round walkover which he got as Gael Monfils retired with a back injury.

Raonic advanced to his seventh semi-final of 2016 in just over an hour, ending with 32 winners to 10 for Thiem. The Canadian now stands 42-10 this season.

Marin Cilic advanced to the Masters 1000 semi-final of his career as fellow Croatian Borna Coric retired after dropping the first set 6-2 a day after beating Rafael Nadal.

Cilic will take on Grigor Dimitrov, who beat new US national number one Steve Johnson 7-6 (10-8), 6-2.

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