Raonic falls to Murray in straight sets at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) Still seeking his first Grand Slam title, Olympic champion Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals at an eighth consecutive major tournament by beating 15th-seeded Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 Monday night.
The third-seeded Murray converted 4 of 12 break points and never faced one.
Raonic's 14 aces were less than half as many as he accumulated in any of his first three matches this year at Flushing Meadows, when he hit 30, 30 and 29.
``I used a lot of variation tonight. Milos has a huge game, massive serve. I had to guess on some of the serves,'' Murray said. ``I got lucky a few times.''
Murray, the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up, and his coach, Ivan Lendl, are the only men to lose their first four major finals.
Next for Murray is a match against No. 12 Marin Cilic. Murray leads their head-to-head series 6-1, but his only loss to Cilic came at Flushing Meadows in the fourth round in 2009.
Raonic was trying to become the first Canadian man in a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the Open era, which began in 1968.
Raonic entered the U.S. Open leading the ATP in several key serving-category percentages - service games won (93), first-serve points won (83), break points saved (75) - and second in total aces only to 6-foot-9 American John Isner, who lost in the third round in a match that ended at a tournament-record-tying 2:26 a.m. Monday.