Andy Murray captured his second title at The Championships on Sunday. The 2013 champion beat sixth seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2) in the Wimbledon final. The win marks Murray's first Grand Slam championship victory since his 2013 Wimbledon ...and more »
Andy Murray captured his second title at The Championships on Sunday. The 2013 champion beat sixth seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2) in the Wimbledon final.
The win marks Murray's first Grand Slam championship victory since his 2013 Wimbledon triumph, when he beat Novak Djokovic. Murray also had beaten Djokovic to win the 2012 US Open title. The 29-year-old Scot is now 3-8 in Grand Slam finals. He had lost his past three major finals to Djokovic, at the Australian Open in 2015 and 2016 and last month at Roland Garros.
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But Sunday marked the first time Murray had played an opponent not named Djokovic or Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final, and he took advantage of the opportunity. Here's how it happened:
Raonic got off to a confident start in his first Grand Slam championship final, watched by several former champions - including Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and his coach for the grass-court swing, John McEnroe, who is commentating for US television. By keeping the ball low, Murray chipped away at Raonic's serve, which has hit 145 miles per hour during the fortnight. Murray set up his first break point opportunity with Raonic serving at 1-1, 30/40, but the Canadian was able to strike a forehand that Murray failed to scramble back. Although Murray moved to 40/0 in the next game, Raonic struck two straight forehand winners off mid-court groundstrokes to remain competitive. In the seventh game, Murray struck a fine backhand crosscourt winner that resulted in Raonic beginning to rush through his service game. At 15/40, Raonic was drawn to the net and he made a forehand volley error for the first break of serve. Murray maintained the advantage to seal the 42-minute opener, losing just four of his first service points. Raonic dropped 10 points on serve and committed six unforced errors.
Murray was consistently targetting Raonic's backhand in the second set and controlling the rallies with his solid backhand. While Raonic saved five break points in a 10-point first game (1), 12-point seventh game (1) and a 10-point ninth game (2) - he continued to be a target for Murray when approaching the net. Murray, in contrast, lost eight service points in five service games. At one point Raonic hit a 147 miles per hour serve, the second fastest in Wimbledon history after a 148 mph cannonball from Taylor Dent in 2010. Raonic got off to the worst possible start in the tie-break, losing the first three points through indecisiveness at the net and on approach to the net. Murray won six of the first seven points and finally completed the 77-minute set on his third opportunity when Raonic struck a return into the net. Raonic is now 20-7 in tie-breaks this year, while Murray's serve did the damage once again.
As he has been throughout his first final, Raonic was again under pressure to start the crucial third set. Murray held to gain the lead, and Raonic had to come back even the set at 1-all. At 2-all, 15/40, though, the Canadian had chances to grab momentum with his first two break points of the match. But Murray pushed the game to deuce, celebrating with a â€œCome on!â€ and a fist pump to the British crowd, which included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Murray wonÂ the next two points to go back on top 3-2. As the Scot grew closer and closer to his second Wimbledon title in four years, he continued to look unperturbed, holding to 15 with his second ace to lead 5-4. Raonic also avoided any nerves, twice holding to stay in the set. But the tie-break started ominously for the 25 year old. Murray delivered a backhand pass for his first mini-break and soon led 5/0. He'd clinch the crown on his second opportunity. It was a stellar final for the Scot. He won 84 per cent of his first-serve points (37/44) and limited Raonic's ace haul to four. The Canadian had averaged almost 23 aces a match this fortnight.
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