Melbourne - Andy Murray faces Milos Raonic
in the Australian Open semis on Friday as he aims for his fifth final in
Melbourne and another tilt at a title which has so far remained tantalisingly
out of reach.
The Scot, seeded second, has lost all four
finals he has played in Melbourne with the big-serving Canadian, now working
under former world number one Carlos Moya, his last obstacle to reaching a
A pumped-up Murray, who was taken on an
emotional rollercoaster after his father-in-law's collapse last week at Rod
Laver Arena, and who has a heavily pregnant wife at home, said he had only one
thought in mind.
"Obviously I want to win these events.
That's why I'm still playing," he said. "After a tough year in 2014,
I think I'm now sort of established again at the top of the game and giving
"That's all I can keep doing. And
Murray is into his sixth Australian Open
semi-final and 18th overall in the Grand Slams, while Raonic, seeded 13, is in
only his second Slam semi, after Wimbledon 2014 where he lost in straight sets
to Roger Federer.
They have a 3-3 head-to-head record and the
big-serving Canadian is oozing confidence, with much better composure on court
and a more rounded game after taking on former world number one Carlos Moya as
"It's a great opportunity for
me," Raonic said. "I had a disappointing semi-final two years ago (at
Wimbledon), and I just want to change that story around and give myself another
go with more experience.
"I feel like I'm a better player than
I was two years ago."
The women's title fight has already been
decided with world number one Serena Williams facing German seventh seed
Angelique Kerber on Saturday.
Also on Friday's bill is the women's
doubles final, with Switzerland's Martina Hingis and India's Sania Mirza
gunning for their third Slam title.
The pair are on a 35-match win streak, the
third best in WTA history, claiming the Wimbledon and the US Open crowns last
It has been a hugely successful pairing
since they teamed up last March at Indian Wells. They have gone on to reach 10
finals and opened their 2016 season by winning the Brisbane International.
Seeded top in Melbourne, seventh seeds
Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic stand in their way
of another tournament victory.