World number one Andy Murray says the ability to be clinical will be crucial when he faces Milos Raonic in their ATP World Tour Finals semi-final in London.
Murray set up the last-four showdown with his Canadian opponent after he defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-2 to top his group on Friday.
The Scot knows that victory over Raonic would put him within touching distance of ending the year on top of the world rankings for the first time in his career.
Murray and Raonic compete in the opening semi-final at the O2 Arena with the winner to face either Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s decider.
Murray has won his last seven matches against Raonic, including in this year’s Wimbledon final but he insists there is a great pressure to take the chances that come along against the power of the 25-year-old.
“He obviously serves big and goes for his shots. He moves forward when he has the chance. I think he probably likes the conditions here.
It’s a little bit quicker,” Murray said of their London meeting. “You don’t normally get loads of opportunities against the big servers.
Then it comes down to, when you do get those chances, whether you take them or not. This year, when I have played him I have created a few opportunities in the matches.
“When they have come, I have been pretty clinical. I will need to be the same [here] if I want to win.”
Murray is 1.70 to beat Raonic in straight sets, with the Canadian 4.33 to make the final.