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Andy Murray vs Milos Raonic, BNP Paribas Masters 2016, semi-final: Preview

International Business Times logo International Business Times 05-11-2016 Arjun Devgan
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Andy Murray takes on Milos Raonic in the semi-final of the Men's singles clash of the 2016 BNP Paribas Masters at the AccorHotels Arena on 5 November (Saturday).

Overview

Andy Murray's 7-6, 7-5 win over Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final on 4 November along with Novak Djokovic's shock loss to Marin Cilic has ensured that the Scot is only one win away from securing the world number one ranking.

If he beats Raonic on Saturday, Murray would create history to become the first British man to head the rankings since they were introduced in 1973. He would also be the second oldest man to reach the top spot since 30-year-old John Newcombe did it in 1974.

The 29-year-old is on a 19-match unbeaten streak and comes into this game as the favourite to not only extend his streak but also claim the world number one ranking.

Canadian Milos Raonic had a brilliant first half of 2016, winning the title in Brisbane, while reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open and reaching the finals of the Indian Wells Masters, the Queens Club tournament and the Wimbledon Championships.

Since then though Raonic's form has nosedived but the surface at Paris suits him and he will be looking to use that to his advantage as he tries and stops an opponent who is in the form of his life.

Head-to-head

The duo have faced each other 11 times in the past with Murray holding an 8-3 win loss record. The last time they faced each other was in the semi-final of 2016 Cincinnati Masters with the Scot coming out on top 6-3, 6-3.

Paris Masters history

Murray and Raonic will face each other for the first time at the Paris Masters.

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