Sir Andy Murray ends 2016 with victory over Milos Raonic

01 January, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Felix Jensen

The Spaniard, who has been struggling to recover from a wrist injury, spoke ahead of the Mubadala tournament in Abu Dhabi where he will face Tomas Berdych on Thursday with the victor playing Milos Raonic in the semi-final on Friday.

Today we saw one shocking result - the first racket of the world Andy Murray lost in the semi-finals against David Goffin.

Rafa had to work hard in the title match, ousting David Goffin 6-4 7-6 after an hour and 53 minutes of great battle, in what has been their first meeting (they never played an official match before).

And Murray made a superb start to the match, powering into a 4-0 lead before Raonic had found his feet.

Goffin had chances to win the set, including five break points with the score at 5-5 but Nadal held firm to win that game and take the set to a tie-break.

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The Scot said: "It was good to finish the year with a win".

Nadal will now turn his attention to the Brisbane International, where he will be joined by Milos Raonic in the men's singles.

Next is a clash with Raonic who, like Murray, received a bye into the semi-finals in the early-season exhibition. "But I am happy with the knighthood, and it is a nice way to start the new year".

The reigning champion edged a closely-fought first set, finally breaking Goffin when it mattered and clinching the set 6-4.

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