Murray beats Raonic for second Wimbledon title
After Britain famously endured a 77-year wait between Wimbledon men's champions, Andy Murray has given the host country a pair of titles in quick succession.
Murray dulled booming serves with quick-reflex returns, played impressively mistake-free tennis while coming up with daring passing shots and beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) yesterday for his second trophy at the All-England Club since 2013 and third Grand Slam championship overall.
When he sat in his sideline chair after it was over, Murray wiped away tears with a tournament towel.
"Last time, I was so relieved. I felt ... just so much stress and pressure and didn't really get the chance to enjoy it as much," Murray said. "So I'll make sure I enjoy this one tonight, for sure."
The second-seeded Murray was playing in his 11th major final, but the first against someone other than Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer.
He didn't need to face either of those rivals this fortnight: The sixth-seeded Raonic eliminated Federer in five sets in the semi-finals on Friday, and also defeated the player who stunned Djokovic in the third round, Sam Querrey.
Those wins helped Raonic become the first man representing Canada to reach a major final.
He did it, primarily, with speedy and intimidating serves, averaging 25 and a half aces. But on a breezy afternoon, at a Centre Court filled with nearly 15,000 partisan fans, Murray shut down that integral part of Raonic's game.
"This one's going to sting," said Raonic, who recently brought John McEnroe aboard as a coaching consultant.