Andy Murray Wins His Second Wimbledon Title

by Virginia Benson Julio 11, 2016, 10:05

Andy Murray is celebrating his sweetest success after casting aside Milos Raonic in straight sets to become the first British man in 81 years to snare two Wimbledon singles crowns.

However, Murray was more interested in finding out about what the actor is "up to" than taking compliments.

Andy Murray thrilled his homecountry fans by claiming a second title in four years at Wimbledon on Sunday, defeating first-time Grand Slam finalist Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2).

Now he wanted a victory to end his personal rut of three consecutive losses in major finals, including at the Australian Open in January, and French Open last month. "I feel more content this time", the jubilant Scot said.

This is the most important tournament for me every year. And when No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who was on Federer's side of the draw and was the two-time defending champion, was upset earlier in the tournament, it appeared this might be Federer's last best chance for an 18th Grand Slam title. The sixth-seeded Raonic eliminated Federer in five sets in the semifinals Friday, and also defeated the player who stunned Djokovic in the third round, Sam Querrey.

But there was also triumph for Heather Watson and her Finnish partner Henri Kontinen in the mixed doubles, Scot Gordon Reid in the inaugural Wimbledon men's wheelchair singles and in the doubles with Norwich teenager Alfie Hewett, and Jordanne Whiley, who tasted victory in the final of the ladies' wheelchair doubles. But he didn't bring the high heat as much as he did leading into the final. A tiebreak seemed inevitable, even when Murray had another break chance in the ninth game.

He said: "I think it can go into retirement again".

Andy Murray took a few moments to talk about his baby daughter with Prince William and his wife Kate after winning the Wimbledon title. "It's an impossible job".

Murray opened as a -360 favourite on Sports Interaction tennis odds with Raonic at +251. But on a breezy afternoon, at a Centre Court filled with almost 15,000 partisan fans, Murray basically shut down that integral part of Raonic's game. It was relief, and for all the years from him being a very promising junior to getting to where he'd got to and the constant 'when are you going to win Wimbledon? Over and over, Murray managed to get the ball back, even one that came in at 147 miles per hour. Just as significant: Murray took 50 of 65 points he served across the first two sets, not only never facing so much as a break point in that span but only once being taken to deuce. Raonic failed to return consistently and was only able to gather two break points for the entire match (both in one game in the third set and converting neither).

"I missed that ball, the short ball, on the first one", Raonic said.

Murray was visibly frustrated when Raonic took a long toilet break in between sets, but the Canadian needed some time to rediscover his focus.

After Cumberbatch comments "yeah, for that fist-pump", Murray asks him how many episodes, and is told "only three".

His opponent's take? "He was playing much better than me off the baseline", Raonic acknowledged.

In a light moment, the normally-tightly-wound Murray lost his composure midway through the match, gesturing wildly and spouting obscenities when apparently his coach Ivan Lendl left his players' box to go to the restroom. Murray has a 2-8 record in major finals, including a three-match losing streak in Grand Slam title matches.

Once again, that partnership paid off, and at Wimbledon, no less.

When he sat in his sideline chair after it was over, Murray wiped away tears with a tournament towel. "I tried coming forward, putting pressure on him".


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