ANDY Murray had his timing spot on as he gave rising star Milos Raonic a lesson to ease through to the quarter-finals of the United States Tennis Open.
The third seed had been anything but comfortable in a gruelling third-round victory over Feliciano Lopez on Saturday but things could not have been more different in this latest encounter.
Murray was in control throughout the whole match, leaving Raonic shaking his head at the excellence and variety of the Scot’s play, and he did not face a single break point in a 6-4 6-4 6-2 triumph.
And instead of the blazing hot conditions that had made the Lopez match so tough, it was cool and damp, with the match brought forward because of the threat of rain.
Murray had only just walked off the court after taking exactly two hours to wrap up victory when the rain began to fall, which was fitting on a night when it seemed the Scot could do nothing wrong.
He said: “It just started raining just now, so it was perfect timing to finish.
“It’s knowing there is possibly going to be showers and stops, which can disrupt the rhythm of the match and can make it tough, especially when you’re playing against someone with as big a serve as him.”
Murray will meet Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the last eight.