Isner into last 8 at the Toronto Masters, Raonic also through after Murray withdraws with injury

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John Isner and Milos Raonic secure their 2012 Toronto Masters quarterfinal spots, second seed Andy Murray cancels a third round match due to knee problems.

Eighth seed American Isner is having his best Toronto tournament so far. In the clash against German Philip Kohlschreiber, he found himself one set behind, but made a complete comeback and managed to prevail 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4. This was his third consecutive victory over 12th-seeded Kohlschreiber, and the second one this year. After suffering a defeat in a tie-break of the first set, the 27-year old Isner stormed through the second one by taking a 4-0 lead. The German then managed to break back and came close at 4-3, but Isner stayed calm during his remaining two service games. Kohlschreiber gave away a serve in third game of the decisive set, had four break point chances after that, but couldn’t convert any of them.  Once more, world no. 12 Isner wrapped up a two hours long match with two rather smooth service games.

Isner’s quarterfinal opponent is going to be sixteenth-seed Canadian Raonic, who did not have to play a single point against second seed Murray in the third round after the British Olympic hero pulled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

“It’s sort of like an unpleasant thing, but at the same time it’s a good thing.  Obviously it’s my first quarter-final in a Masters, and to be at home is pretty special,” 21-years old Raonic commented on getting a walkover and reaching last eight in Toronto.

“I think it would have been a fun match.  I hope he has a good tournament.  Be great for him to go deep in this tournament here for the first time,” Murray said. He added he did not regret coming to Toronto and playing a decent second round match on hard court.

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