World No 2 Tennis player, Andy Murray has had his mind elsewhere for much of the Australian Open but will need to bring laser-sharp focus into Friday’s semi-final against the red-hot Milos Raonic.
He was rocked by a medical emergency involving his father-in-law Nigel Sears earlier in the tournament, while his wife Kim is heavily pregnant back home in Britain.
Murray shrugged off the distractions to fell David Ferrer in four sets in the quarter-finals and the Scot will need to have a clear head for Raonic, who is in the form of his career.
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Raonic has long been touted for big things at the Grand Slams and guided by new coach Carlos Moya, the 13th seed maybe ready to fulfill his promise.
Raonic has always boasted one of the biggest serves on the Tour but has been criticised in the past for being too one-dimensional for the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who play in the first semi-final on Thursday.
But the rangy Canadian has shown impressive versatility during the year’s first grand slam, the highlight being his aggressive serve-and-volley tactics that helped floor 2014 champion Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets in the fourth round.
He stayed back on the baseline more against quarter-final opponent Gael Monfils but still kept the points lightning fast and the four-set match was over in little more than two hours.