Andy Murray admits he is feeling tired after the Olympics but is hoping he can still produce the goods against Milos Raonic in the semis in Cincinnati.
Andy Murray is expecting another tight encounter against Milos Raonic as the duo gear up to face off for the fifth time this year in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open (Murray 4/11, Raonic 2/1 – Match Betting).
The Brit overcame an early scare in the first set of his quarter-final encounter with Bernard Tomic, receiving treatment on a back injury before bouncing back to record a 6-4 6-4 over the Australian.
The triumph extended Murray’s winning run to 21 matches having emerged victorious at both Wimbledon and the 2016 Olympics.
The world No.2 flew straight from winning the gold medal in Rio to the United States to begin his preparations for the Cincinnati Open.
Murray’s recent exertions appear to be catching up with him as he looked a little heavy legged at times during his win over Tomic and he admits that is hardly ideal heading into the clash with Raonic.
The duo have played in some big matches already this year, Murray coming out on top in all four encounters, including in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the final of Wimbledon.
Murray is looking to repeat his success against the Canadian but is expecting it to be a tight encounter.
“I knew that coming straight from the Olympics I was going to be tired. But I’ve still managed to win,” Murray said.
“We played some important matches this year in Australia in the semis and then the Wimbledon final, Queen’s final as well.
“It’s been tight, but just managed to play a little bit better in the important moments, which is – especially playing against a big server – very important. You don’t get loads of chances. Hopefully I will do that again tomorrow.”
Murray went on to say that after the Cincinnati Open he will take some time off to prepare for the US Open later this month, a Grand Slam he is 2/1 to win.
Odds subject to change.