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21 August 2016, 08:32
Andy Murray celebrated his 50th win of the year as he reached the final of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3 6-3 defeat of Milos Raonic in Cincinnati.
In a rematch between this year's Wimbledon finalists, Murray, who won that showdown for a second All England Club title before claiming Olympic gold in Rio, was dominant on his way to clinching his 22nd straight win.
The Scot will play either Croatia's Marin Cilic or Grigor Dimitrov - the latter is unseeded here - in Sunday's final.
Four points were completed before rain forced an early break in play, with Murray returning to nab a crucial early break before establishing a 3-1 lead.
Raonic then made the best of the cross-court running in a hustling rally but Murray stood firm to wrap up the first set with another break.
The Canadian, despite sending down three aces in the final set, had no real answer to Murray's clinical counter-punching and the match was over inside an hour and 30 minutes.
Murray, who previously won this tournament in 2008 and 2011, beating Novak Djokovic on both occasions, told atpworldtour.com ''I didn't get broken the last couple of matches and when I was in difficult situations I made good choices.
''That's helped keep the matches shorter. If you're a bit lower on confidence, regardless of how fresh you are, if you haven't played loads of matches you make bad decisions in those moments.
''And because I've won a lot the last few months, that's something that has been good, especially this week for sure. I've needed it to be because I haven't been feeling perfect. I've managed to get through the matches pretty well.''
On Raonic, he added: ''I think he was trying to be aggressive. I think he made maybe more mistakes than usual because of that.
''Maybe it appeared that he was being more aggressive, but I felt like he made more mistakes because he was trying to be more aggressive than usual.
''That's how it felt to me.''