Murray thrashes below-par Raonic


Andy Murray sauntered into the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters with a surprisingly one-sided 6-2 6-0 victory over an off-colour Milos Raonic.

Having received treatment on his right thigh in a third-round victory over Damir Dzumhur, Raonic appeared well off the pace on Friday and was ruthlessly punished.

Second seed Murray was taken to deuce from 40-0 in the first game of the match, but dominated proceedings thereafter to set up a last-four tie with either Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka.

Murray's success was based on a stunning neutralisation of Raonic's serve, generally his biggest weapon. The Canadian did not manage a single ace and was continually attacked when he failed to land his first serve.

"The two most important shots in tennis, I did really well today," Murray told Sky Sports.

"I thought I served really well after the first game of the match and my return was very good, I was getting a good read on the [Raonic] serve."

If the first set proved one-sided, Murray breaking in the fourth and eighth games, the remainder of the match was certainly an ordeal for Raonic, who was simply unable to match his opponent's aggression and energy.

Both men had come through demanding three-set matches to reach the last eight, but this encounter was brought to an end in 66 minutes, with Raonic cutting a frustrated figure.