Second seed Andy Murray of Great Britain won the Wimbledon 2016 title in straight sets – beating Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. Although Raonic put up a tenacious fight, managing to force two tiebreaks in the second and third sets, he was roundly outclassed by the consistency displayed by the Scot.
Raonic put his big serves on display today – the same serves that had won him a long, closely contested five-set match against third seed Roger Federer, today he was not able to match Murray’s relentless backhand attack.
This title win gives Murray his third Grand Slam title – he won the US Open title in 2012, and Wimbledon in 2013 – then defeating Novak Djokovic in the final.
Barring one victory, against French tenth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, every one of Murray’s wins has been in straight sets. Fresh off thoroughly outclassing Czech Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals, Murray had been the tournament favourite to win, and today put on a thoroughly athletic display to combat his young Canadian rival.
Fresh off a win over Raonic at the finals of the Queen’s Club Championships, Murray played some brilliant backhand shots to combat what was undoubtedly a strong attack from Raonic.
Pushed to tiebreaks in both the final two sets, Murray played some sublime passes, with some drop shots and perfectly placed winners to outfox a combative Raonic. He picked up his game in the latter two sets to win the title here.
Murray acknowledged his competitor’s game tonight, saying it was “one of the harder matches," and even acknowledged Raonic’s team quite humorously as he collected his trophy.
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