Raonic falls to Mur­ray in Aussie Open semi­fi­nal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

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