By Ros Satar
- Andy Murray  v Milos Raonic  – H2H: Murray leads 5-3
- Murray def. Marin Cilic  6-3 4-6 6-3
LONDON, UK – Andy Murray will bid for a record fifth title at Queen’s Club on Sunday, when he faces third seed Milos Raonic in the final.
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Andy Murray  def. Marin Cilic  6-3 4-6 6-3
Murray had to battle past former champion Cilic in a taut three-setter, after the Croatian raised his level considerably in the second set. The first set though was a study in control, as Murray’s patience forced the Croatian to always hit an extra shot.
Murray’s serving had been key in the first set, but in the second set Cilic lifted his own game, taking more chances on his own shots, and broke for a lead, as a Murray unforced error levelled the match.
Murray hit back as he did in the all Brit affair against Kyle Edmund in the quarter-finals, jumping out to a 4-1 lead, and his serving got him out of trouble, finishing with an ace for good measure.
Speaking to ATPWorldTour.com, Murray said: “I need to look at that. You’re not going to repeat that every single time but [I’ll] try to understand why exactly it was so good.
“The third sets today and in the match with Kyle [Edmund] were a very high level from my side of the court, and that’s very pleasing because I know my best tennis is in there.
“Obviously just have to try to get the consistency there, which comes with matches and time on the court.”
Andy Murray  v Milos Raonic  – H2H: Murray leads 5-3
While the ATP Next Generation have been grabbing the headlines, with Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev at the forefront, Generation Lost Boys continue to make their presence felt via the rangy Canadian.
However Raonic will be looking to snap a four match losing streak to Murray, dating back to Indian Wells 2014.
What should give Raonic the most promise though was his performance against the Brit in a tense five setter, in Australia this year before Raonic’s body let him down.
With two former rivals in the coaching corners – Raonic has teamed up with John McEnroe and Murray of course has reunited with Ivan Lendl, Murray will have to be sharp on his return game.
The surface obviously suits the Canadian and his serving game, and we can expect him to want to keep things short with a clubbing one-two for winners.
Murray will want to try and move him more to nullify the booming serve that has long been the key to Raonic’s game. On their first match-up on grass, Murray will find things will not be all his own way.
Prediction: Murray in three sets.
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