ATP World Tour Finals
Murray books final spot with battling display
The Scot, trailing to a first set deficit, battled back to win 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (11-9) in three and a half hours and will face Novak Djokovic after the Serb beat Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1.
The winner of Sunday’s final will end the year top of the world rankings.
Murray squandered two chances to take the match on his serve after twice breaking his opponent’s serve, firstly at 5-4 and then at 6-5.
But Raonic immediately broke back both times to take the match into a deciding tie-break.
Murray said: “I played some great points and managed to get the break at the end.
“It was an amazing atmosphere. The longer the match went on the louder the crowd got. This is what we play for. Matches like this and arenas like this. This is one of hardest matches I’ve played indoors.
“I didn’t expect to play a long one with someone with a serve like Milos. I’m tired. I’ve played so much tennis over the last few months. I’ll give it my best effort – the best of what I have.”
The match lasted three hours and 38 minutes, breaking the previous tournament record of three hours and 20 minutes set by Murray and Kei Nishikori last week.