US Open 2012: Andy Murray cruises past Marin Cilic to reach semi-finals
After recovering from a 1-5 set down against Marin Cilic, Andy Murray rose from the ashes to win 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-0 and clinch a place in the US Open semi finals. This is Murray’s 8th semi-final in his last 10 Grand-Slams.
Murray seemed to be losing his Midas touch after thrashing young Canadian Milos Raonic in two hours at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Louis Armstrong Court seemed to favour Cilic as he was ahead in the initial stages but Murray battled on and drew level finally winning the game.
Owing to the rains, the venue of the match had to be changed to the Louis Armstrong stadium. The court is one which Murray had struggled with before and looking at the circumstances, it seemed that Murray was headed home.
He hit six unforced errors in the first 10 minutes while Cilic was doing little more than putting the ball back in play, and getting maximum value for his competence. With the points came bravado and Cilic started banging the lines, stretching Murray and preventing him to get into a decent position. Cilic held to lead 4-1 after just quarter of an hour.
Slowly but surely, Cilic’s game began to collapse with Murray now darting around the back court and starting to work his backhand beautifully.
Murray rattled his opponent when served out the third set at 6-2 with a 111mph second-serve ace, and the feeling grew around now heaving Armstrong that he had not only survived his crisis but was powering to a marvelous comeback win.
Murray’s next match seems to be a clash of titans as he might be facing anybody between Roger Federer, whom he fought against in Wimbledon this year, or a least expected contest with Czech powerhouse Tomas Berdych.