Probably in a misguided attempt to boost his confidence, Milos Raonic suggested that it would be Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray who would have to change his game when they met on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the fourth round of the US Open.
Raonic was correct in a way he had not envisaged. Murray changed his game so often, varying his shots, spins, placements and tactics to such a dizzying degree that the big Canadian was sent on his way just before the rains came 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. The score, if anything, was kind to Raonic. His opponent was conducting the orchestra from start to finish.
Murray, in fact, was so dominant that perversely -- considering how much emphasis had been placed on Raonic's serve -- he did not have to face a single break point on his own.
"That does not happen very often, especially on a hard court against someone who hits the ball as hard as he does," Murray said. "But, after serving poorly in my first match, I was very happy with the way I served tonight."