Andy Murray stunned by Raonic in Japan
Andy Murray suffered his first defeat since becoming a grand slam champion as the brilliant Milos Raonic took his scalp to reach the final of the Japan Open.
It seemed Murray was on course to come from behind to win the match when he led 4-1 in the deciding set, but the difference was only a single break and Raonic reeled him in, saving two match points and winning 6-3 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4).
Raonic, 21, stands at a career-high ranking of 15th in the world and toppling the US Open champion in Tokyo goes down as the biggest win of his career so far.
When Murray beat Raonic in straight sets in the last 16 on the way to his slam success in New York last month, the Scot predicted their next contest would be "much tougher", and how right he was