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Posted 09-05-2012 at 10:48 AM by Philip Oliver
World number four, Andy Murray, was pleased with his variety and focus, as he stifled the threat of the big-serving Milos Raonic to book his place in the US Open last eight.

Murray outclassed his inexperienced Canadian opponent 6-4 6-4 6-2 in exactly two hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night to reach his eighth consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.

The Scot's performance was a far cry from his struggles against Feliciano Lopez in the New York heat in the third round on Saturday. He appears to have peaked at just the right time in his quest for his first Major title, a development that will have delighted fans gambling online.

"I used a lot of variation tonight. Milos has a huge game. I got lucky a couple of times but hit my passing shots very well," said the third seed.

"I had only played him one time before, and you start to see things after a few games. I was just trying to react as quickly as possible.

"Sometimes the serves fly past you, sometimes you get a racquet on them and tonight I got a racquet on them. I tried to stay focused for every point and did a good job of that."

Raonic, who beat Murray at the Barcelona Open in April, went into the fourth-round match in fine form but could not dominate the British number one as he had his previous opponents.

Murray was solid on serve, having not faced any break points, and was stoic in defence. With Raonic staring defeat in the face in the third set, the 26-year-old turned on the style with a number of stunning passing shots.

Murray will face 12th seed, Marin Cilic, of Croatia, in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. He will be desperate to turn a good year into a career-changing one during the remainder of the tournament.

Murray remains third favourite to triumph at Flushing Meadows, according to the betting news on Bet365.
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