Australian Open Day 12 results, highlights, Friday scores recap from Melbourne Jan 29, 2016.Second-seeded Andy Murray reached the 2016 Australian Open final for the fifth time in seven years Friday in Melbourne, as he outlasted No. 13 Milos Raonic in a five-set marathon that captivated the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.
Murray’s big-match experience showed in the contest’s most important moments, as he battled back after going down 2-1 in sets to pick up the 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 victory. By virtue of his win, Murray will take on No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the highly anticipated final.
Here is a full rundown of results from Friday’s top matches, as well as a recap of how they played out, with a special focus on the fantastic battle between Murray and Raonic.
Day 12 Singles and Doubles Results
|Event||Round||Winning Player||Losing Player||Score|
|Men’s Singles||Semifinal||(2) Andy Murray||(13) Milos Raonic||4-6, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2|
|Women’s Doubles||Final||(1) Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza||(7) Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka||7-6(1), 6-3|
|Mixed Doubles||Semifinal||CoCo Vandeweghe & Horia Tecau||Andreja Klepac & Treat Huey||6-4, 6-4|
|Mixed Doubles||Semifinal||(5) Elena Vesnina & Bruno Soares||(1) Sania Mirza & Ivan Dodig||7-5, 7-6(4)|
Day 12 Recap
Murray entered Friday’s semifinal as the favorite due to his track record of success Down Under, but with Raonic playing perhaps the best tennis of his career, he was forced to dig deep and come from behind.
While the Brit deserves a great deal of credit for overcoming a 2-1 sets deficit to win the match, his powerful opponent suffered an injury in the third set that hampered him the rest of the way.
According to AusOpen.com, Raonic acknowledged that the ailment compromised him and had something to do with his collapse in the latter part of the match: “Just a difficulty to push off my leg with my adductor midway through the third set. That’s what it was. Yeah, it’s unfortunate. Probably the most heartbroken I felt on court, but that’s what it is.”
Murray was especially dominant in the fifth set, as he won all but one of his service points, while Raonic won just 25 percent of his second-serve points and made 16 unforced errors.
The second-seeded star was happy with the way he served from the fourth set on, but he also felt for Raonic having to battle through an injury, per ATPWorldTour.com:
When you play against someone who is tough to break like Milos, you need to protect your own serve to put pressure on them. I think at the end of the fourth set I did very well. I won some of the break points I faced. I came up with some good second serves. I changed the position of the second serves on a few points. Served close to the lines. That was big.
Obviously if the injury affected him significantly at the end, then that’s tough, especially at this stage of an event. As the player, it’s obviously very tough when that happens. I’ve been in that position myself many times before, as well. It’s not easy.
Despite the limitations, Raonic largely looked great in his second career Grand Slam semifinal, and he established himself as a threat to challenge top stars like Murray, Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka for many years to come.
Among those who believe the 25-year-old has what it takes to win a Grand Slam title at some point after what he accomplished in Melbourne: