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Raonic, Murray to clash in Australian Open semi-final

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Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic continued his dream run at the Australian Open, becoming the first person from his country to reach the semi-finals of the tournament in its long history, setting up a date with world no.2 Andy Murray of Britain.

Raonic squared off against popular French showman Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals, and the duo produced an entertaining contest with Raonic taking every opportunity to move forward, while Monfils continued his habit of coming up with the spectacular.

In the end though Raonic's raw power proved way too much for Monfils, who just wasn't given any real looks at the Raonic serve, the 25 year old Canadian very solid on his delivery. Monfils to his credit made hardly any errors over the four sets, coming well on top in the unforced error count, 17 to Raonic's 36, however, 6 of those unforced errors were double faults and sadly for Monfils they came at the worst possible times during the match, gifting Raonic a couple of timely breaks.

In the end, Raonic was just a little bit too strong, and a little bit more consistent to squeeze out a very impressive 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 under the closed roof of the Rod Laver Arena.

Also benefiting from the closed roof was Britain's Andy Murray, a four time runner-up at the Australian Open. Murray had split the opening couple of sets with Spanish base-liner David Ferrer, but a touch of rain in the sky resulted in the roof being closed midway through that contest, and the quicker surface suited Murray to a tee as he raced through the third and fourth sets to wrap up a routine win, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3.

Murray and Raonic have squared off 6 times in the past with the duo splitting those 3 apiece, making their semi-final an exciting contest. They will square off on Friday, with the first semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer taking place tomorrow evening.