Murray beats Raonic to play Cilic in final


CINCINNATI(Online):Freshly crowned Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray defeated Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-3 to book a spot in the ATP-WTA Tour´s Cincinnati final where he will face Marin Cilic.
Murray has had to overcome fatigue associated with the quick turnaround from the Rio Games gold medal match, while Cilic will have less than 12 hours of rest before taking the court for Sunday´s final.
That´s because his 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 semi-final victory over Grigor Dimitrov was delayed two hours by rain and didn´t finish until 1:20 am Sunday (5:20 GMT). Cilic has reached a first Masters 1000 final on his 71st attempt.
Murray will be playing in his seventh straight final after winning his 22nd consecutive match. He owns four titles in 2016 and has defeated Raonic five times since January.
Murray broke in an opening game interrupted for 15 minutes by raindrops, with Raonic contributing two double faults. Murray won his eighth match from 11 meetings with Raonic as the pair played a re-run of July´s Wimbledon final won by the Scot.
Murray is mounting a strong bid to displace Novak Djokovic from the number one ranking.
If he were to win the title for a third time he could trail Djokovic by a scant 815 points.