Murray maintained his focus

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London

Round Robin, Day 3: [CR6] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [CR8] Milos Raonic (CAN)

Shifting momentum was the theme of this match. Raonic seemed the more focused and confident player initially, then Murray woke up, challenging Raonic on serve and finally breaking him in the sixth game. That was enough for Murray, who held on and won the set.  It was not spectacular tennis as Raonic was still too anxious and made too many errors. He was also unable to rely on his serve and that gave Murray the advantage on return.

Murray seemed to gain control in the second set, going up an unexpected break in the third game when Raonic lost his focus on serve. However, inexplicably, Murray got tight and immediately gave the break back to Raonic.  It appeared as if Raonic was settling in while Murray was getting tense, then on the first point of the eleventh game, Murray made a brilliant backhand passing shot that rattled Raonic.  He lost focus and missed two easy shots that unnerved him further and suddenly he was facing break points.  Although Murray felt the pressure while serving for the match, he held on to claim the 6-3, 7-5 victory.

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