Raonic falls to Murray in Aussie Open semifinal
Canada’s Milos Raonic fought through the pain of an adductor injury during his run to the title at the recent Brisbane International.
A flareup of the problem proved to be too much to overcome on a much bigger stage Friday.
Raonic missed a chance to become the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam men’s singles final as he dropped a 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 decision to Andy Murray at the Australian Open. The 25year-old from Thornhill, Ont., said he started having difficulty pushing off his right leg midway through the third set.
Raonic managed to take the tiebreaker before fading during the final two sets in a match that lasted more than four hours.
“It’s unfortunate ... probably the most heartbroken I’ve felt on court, but that’s what it is,” Raonic said. “I was going to play and try to do whatever I could.”
Murray, the No. 2 seed from Scotland, will face Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.