Australian Open Day 12: Murray overcomes Raonic in five-set thriller to reach final

Andy Murray twice came from behind to set up a fourth Australian Open final with Novak Djokovic, after the Scotsman overcame a five-set thriller with Milos Raonic  to reach the final for the second straight year.

Murray has reached the Australian Open on four previous occasions but has never won the event, including a loss to defending champion Novak Djokovic in 2015, as the Scotsman hopes this is his year after bagging a 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-2 win against the Canadian.

Andy Murray has reached his fifth Australian Open final image: rte.ie

Andy Murray has reached his fifth Australian Open final
image: rte.ie

It was a great start for 14th seed Milos Raonic as Murray failed to find his feet early on, allowing Raonic to attack the rallies and before gifting him a break point after a double-fault from the British number one.

This was enough for Raonic to calmly serve out the match to take a 1-0 lead rocketing down his fourth ace of the match to seal the set in just 31 minutes.

Murray upped his game in the second and he began to engage in longer rallies with the Canadian from the baseline and as it looked like we were heading for a tie-break, Murray bagged a break at 6-5 as Raonic sent a volley into the net to level the match up.

The third set did go to a tie-break as Raonic played it superbly, as a framed forehand return, line-clipping smash completed with an ace put the 13th seed back in the lead.

However, Raonic appeared to struggle through injury in the fourth set as a missed sliced backhand cost him a break for 4-3, which allowed the second seed to calmly serve out the set to force the match into a decider.

Raonic continued to flounder as  he double faulted in the opening game and there was to be no way back for the injured Canadian, as Murray broke again for 5-2 before a whipped forehand winner sealed the Scot a place in Sunday’s final.

You can also catch up with all the latest doubles action from day 12 at this link.

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