Milos Raonic, who has been playing in clinical fashion, took on his biggest test to date inside the US Open bubble. That coming in the form of Andy Murray who was trying to make a comeback after recovering from hip surgery.
Murray got off to a quick start with a routine opening service game to start the match. At the beginning of the match, we saw some great rallies from the back of the court and we thought this could potentially become a tight match with long rallies.
In the 5th game of the first set, Raonic managed to get the first break of the match to take a 3-2 lead. He didn't lose a game after that and managed to take the first set 6-2 in convincing fashion. We played four points of the second set and that's when play was halted due to thundershowers.
90 minutes later the players were back on the court to resume play and finish the match. Raonic was in no mood to fool around as he got two break points early in the first game and managed to get the early break to lead 1-0.
Murray was visibly frustrated with his play and you could see the anger all over his face. Raonic would hold his serve in the next game to go up 2-0. Murray finally held a service game avoiding losing seven straight games in a row to make 2-1. The game actually lasted seven minutes long before Murray was able to hold.
At 2-3 Murray had 2 breakpoints to get back on serve but once again Raonic would save both. He would manage to hold serve and go up 4-2, in the next game Raonic would have another break point but Murray was up to the task of saving it.
Then with his second break point of the game, Raonic finally converted to lead 5-2 when Murray missed a simple overhead smash. Raonic would hold his serve easily and with that take the match 6-2,6-2.
He will now face Filip Krajinovic, who beat second seed DomInic Thiem earlier this week at the Western and Southern Open.