Murray wins classic vs. Raonic to reach Tour final – ESPN

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LONDON — Andy Murray‘s knuckles were bleeding when he stepped up to serve for the match for a second time in the third set of a marathon against Milos Raonic.

Having waited seven years and 82 days to get hold of the world No. 1 ranking, he wasn’t letting it go without a fight.

The Scot, who first reached No. 2 in August 2009, needed another tiebreaker to get the job done, but finally beat Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9), racking up a career-best 23rd straight win and making his first season-ending final.

For Murray to be denied the year-end No. 1 spot, Novak Djokovic will have to beat Kei Nishikori in Saturday’s second semifinal and then emerge victorious from what would be a winner-takes-all shootout for the Tour Finals title.

Murray will probably need another ice bath after this one. He had already broken the record for the longest match in Tour Finals history earlier this week, in…

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