He’s barely put a foot wrong in Melbourne so far, but Andy Murray has one more hurdle to overcome before he faces Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.
The two-time Grand Slam winner is up against Milos Raonic in the men’s second semi-final, and the Canadian has troubled Murray in the past.
Raonic and Murray are 4-4 in their head-to-head record, but crucially Muzza has come out on top in both of the last two contests – each time in straight sets.
The Canadian has endured some bruising encounters to get this far however, needing five sets to see off Stan Wawrinka and four to oust Gael Monfils in the last eight.
Last year’s Madrid Masters was the venue for the pair’s most recent meeting, where Murray triumphed 6-4 7-5.
The duo have met just once before in a Slam, and Murray prevailed that day too with a 6-4 6-4 6-2 success at the 2012 US Open.
Raonic was just 21 back then however, and he should be a much tougher opponent this time around.
Given Murray’s form thus far Down Under however, a Raonic landslide seems unlikely. Despite knowing throughout the tournament that birth of his first child is imminent, Murray has looked slick and clinical from Day One.
A four-time Australian Open runner-up, it would be a strong sign of potential for the year ahead should Murray reach the Melbourne final for a fifth time.
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