Murray dumps injured Raonic to set up Carlo semi with Nadal

Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco)—Andy Murray will face the toughest clay test imaginable at the Monte Carlo Masters with a semi-final against Rafael Nadal, after crushing an under-done Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 on Friday.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga brought the injury-comeback week for Roger Federer to a screeching halt as the eighth seed rallied past the Swiss 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Federer, out for more than two months after a knee operation, did not help his cause with a run of careless errors to end the two-hour battle, after easing through his first two matches of the week.
Tsonga will play a semi-final against the winner from 13th seed Gael Monfils and Spain’s Marcel Granollers.
Rafael Nadal, winner of eight straight titles here from 2005-2012, holds the edge over the second-seeded Murray, defeating him in 2009 and 2011 semi-finals in the principality.
The Spanish fifth seed, who has struggled for form in the last 18 months, looked back to his best as he beat French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 in their quarter-final. “Every day is a different story,” Nadal said. “The last three games of the first set was the only moment Stan didn’t play well. Obviously he played with too many mistakes.
“But the beginning of the match and the second set was a good match. Both of us played good points. He had more mistakes than me.
“I think I played well, I defended well, I moved well. When I had the opportunity, I was trying to have the control of the point with my forehand and with my backhand, too. I’m very happy the way that I played.” Nadal raced to victory in 77 minutes against the tepid Swiss, the 2014 winner. The disappointed fourth seed ended with 29 unforced errors while dropping serve four times.—AFP

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