Murray Beats Raonic for Second Wimbledon Title

by John on July 10, 2016

Andy Murray Wimbledon 2016

Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon crown and third Grand Slam earlier today, defeating Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) in a sterling display of all-court tennis. Murray played like an unstoppable force, serving impeccably while dulling Raonic’s booming serves and huge forehands. Three years ago the Scot became the first man from Great Britain in 77 years to hoist the championship trophy at SW19, defeating Novak Djokovic in the final. Today’s encounter with Raonic was Murray’s 11th trip to a Grand Slam championship match and the first time his opponent was someone other than Roger Federer or Djokovic. “This is the most important tournament for me every year. I’ve had some great moments here and also some tough losses,” Murray said. “The wins feel extra special because of the tough losses. I’m proud to have my hands on the trophy again.” Raonic fought Murray tooth and nail, and battled all the way to the end. Indeed there was no letdown from the superb form Raonic displayed in his upset of Federer in the semifinals on Friday. But Murray’s razor-sharp returns prevented the big-serving Canadian from getting the cheap points he was getting against others previously during the fortnight. Raonic didn’t hit an ace until his fifth service game and only had eight on the day. He had been averaging 23 per match through his first six matches. “I was keeping up with him,” Raonic said. “But then when it counted, I wasn’t able to get on top.” Murray captured the only break of the match on his third break-point opportunity in the seventh game of the opening set. From that point on he was in the drivers seat. It was close of course, but Murray was the master of the tiebreakers. He raced to 6-1 leads in both and won each easily. “I played really good stuff today. Milos has had a great few weeks on the grass and had some unbelievable wins,” Murray said. “His match against Roger in the semis was a great, great match.” Murray landed 67 percent of his first serves and won 87 percent of those points. He hit seven aces and 39 winners, while committing just 12 unforced errors. Raonic also had 39 winners, but committed 29 unforced errors. Murray saved two of two break points, Raonic six of seven.

 

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