A rampant Andy Murray got the better of Canada’s Milos Raonic on Sunday in the Wimbledon men’s final, winning 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2).
It’s the second Wimbledon win for the British player, who is also the reigning Olympic gold medallist. Raonic, who made history by becoming the first Canadian men’s singles player to reach the final of a Grand Slam in the Open era, will have to wait another day to notch his next milestone: a major title.
The first set got away from Raonic while serving at 3-3. At 15-all of the seventh game, a beautiful backhand pass by Murray put him two points from the first break in the match. In the next rally Raonic put a cross-court forehand drive wide. Although he got one point back, Raonic put the final shot of the game into the net on a forehand volley, giving Murray the edge the Brit used to eventually win the set.
Raonic saved four break points in the second set to send it to distance. In the tiebreak, three consecutive unforced errors put Raonic at a three-point deficit that was too much to salvage. Two minibreaks and holding serve, Murray took a commanding two-set lead with the championship well within his grasp.
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Murray had been clinical on serve throughout the match until finally giving Raonic an opening in the third set. At 2-2, Raonic had jumped out to a 40-15 lead during Murray’s service game. The Brit stormed back to win the next four points while screaming at the already pro-British Centre Court crowd to give him even more. The crowd happily obliged. Like the previous one, the third set too went to tiebreak where Murray jumped out to an impenetrable 5-0 lead before closing out the match.