It was as though Andy Murray knew all along that Wimbledon 2016 was going to be his and he completed the formalities on a pleasant London day to hold off the gritty Milos Raonic, who took the match to Murray, who won the game 6-4, 7-6, . This was Murray’s second Wimbledon win and his fifth career Grand Slam as he made yet another statement ahead of the Olympics. Murray’s run was made easy by World No 1’s shocking early loss.
This was no breeze by any means for Murray. Raonic, was, after all going through the greatest purple patch of his life. After beating Roger Federer in the semi-final, Murray was expected to be given a tough run. Twice the Scot broke Raonic’s serve and the set had to be decided by a tie-breaker. On both occasions, the World No 2 showed his class, pulling off some terrific forehands; his placement was inch-perfect and had the decisive moments in the game by a long way. In the first set, it was Raonic who stormed into the lead but the match was always going to be Murray’s for the taking and the 29-year-old stormed back into the game. In the second and the third, it was Raonic who came from behind to take the game to a tie-breaker.
Raonic’s game was not too dissimilar to the manner in which he dispatched Federer in the semis. The booming forehands and the effortless manner in which he covers ground upset Murray’s rhythm from time to time. Murray raced to a 5-0 lead in the final set during the shootout. There was a brief hiccup before ‘Britain’s hope’, as he was hailed before the game pumped his fists and broke into tears at after hitting the final return.