Top-seeded Andy Murray will be chasing his third Cincinnati trophy while Marin Cilic will play for his first ATP Masters 1000 title Sunday in the men’s singles final.
Murray has enjoyed one of the most successful periods of his Grand Slam career after winning Wimbledon for a second time and defending his Olympic gold medal in Rio.
Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, is into his third title match of the year after making the finals at Marseille and Geneva. Though he already has a Grand Slam title, Sunday marks his first appearance in a Masters 1000 final.
THREE-TIME CHAMPIONS: Murray is looking to win his third Cincinnati title, having won the trophy in 2008 and 2011. He is trying to become the 13th player in tournament history to win at least three singles titles. Roger Federer has the most singles titles with seven.
WINNING STREAKS: Murray enters the match riding a 22-match winning streak which includes title runs to the Wimbledon and Olympic titles. He has won 33 of his last 34 matches.
HEAD TO HEAD: Sunday marks the 14th meeting between the finalists with Murray leading the series 11-2. Murray won his only match against Cilic this year 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at Queen’s Club.
MURRAY EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO 22
Top-seeded Andy Murray advanced to his third career Cincinnati final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Milos Raonic to start the evening session on Center Court.
Murray saved all three break points he faced and broke Raonic’s serve three times en route to victory, which extended his winning streak to 22 matches.
While Murray has logged plenty of hours on the tennis courts the last few weeks between his run to his Olympic gold in Rio last week and his appearance in this week’s final, he said confidence has helped him overcome fatigue by making better choices in key moments to shorten matches.
“If you're a bit lower on confidence, regardless of how fresh you are, if you haven't played loads of matches, you sometimes make bad decisions in those moments,” Murray said.
“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 good.”
Murray has now won seven consecutive matches against Raonic, including the Wimbledon final and a five setter in the semifinals of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.
Raonic said a difference maker toward future success in the series is
“It's going to come down to a few important points, playing them better, and obviously executing better than I did on my end of things when it comes to my service games than I did today,” Raonic said.
QUICK TURNAROUND FOR CILIC
Marin Cilic is into his first career ATP Masters 1000 final after rallying from a break down in the third set to defeat Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Dimitrov led 4-2 in the third set, but Cilic won five of the last six games to secure the victory.
It will be a short turnaround for Cilic, whose victory came after 1:30 a.m. A two-hour rain delay in the second game of the match pushed the restart time back to 11:15 p.m.