Andy Murray verified his status of the in the Wimbledon final against Milos Raonic, prevailing over Canadian by 6-4 7-6 7-6 in what has been an amazing match for his from start to finish. Thus, Andy wins his 3rd Grand Slam trophy, second at the home Major, and improves his score in the Grand Slam finals to 3-8.
This was the first time in 11 finals that he didn't have to face Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, and it was an opportunity that he had to embrace, and he did by all means. The match lasted 2 hours and 47 minutes and Andy did just about everything right, returning great and cutting the impact of Milos' serve to the smallest margin, also playing better in the decisive moments to came as a deserved winner.
Milos threw everything he had into this match, knowing that was the only way to have a chance against such a strong rival, full of confidence after his great run at Queen's and here at Wimbledon, especially after beating Federer in the semi-final.
Basically, he could only try to be as aggressive as possible, keeping the points short and breaking Andy's rhythm with constant net rushing. Milos did that, with more than 70 points played at the net, but Andy had a weapon ready to stop him, and that was his brilliant backhand passing shot, without any doubts the shot of this final.
It worked almost perfect, helping Andy to pass Milos on numerous occasions, from any position on the court. Also, it was crucial for Muray to calm down Raonic's booming serve, and he did that as well, letting only 8 aces and 67% of the first serve won for Milos, which was far from enough.
To be honest, Milos lost his serve only once but there was never a feeling that he can pose a threat to Murray, having only 2 break points and 2 deuces on the return in the entire match. Murray's groundstrokes worked great, he made only 12 unforced errors, claiming the most of the longer rallies.
Even in those points when he had his chances, Milos couldn't find the right range, making 30 unforced errors and missing some easy forehands that he should place inside the court all the time. More experienced player, who already lifted big trophies, including Wimbledon, had a better start and he had a break point already in the 3rd game, after a nice return.
Milos saved it with a nice attack to hold in the end, but he received a clear sign about how good he must be in his service games to avoid breaks. Still, that came shortly after, with Andy's another good return game to break Milos for 4-3, when Canadian netted a volley.
That was all that Andy needed in the opening set, taking it by 6-4 as he had no difficulties in his service games. Milos was already in a very hard position, knowing how good Andy is after winning the first set at the Majors, but he could only continue with his tactics of full attacking, with no other options in his arsenal.
It was a very hard task in front of the player in his first Grand Slam final, as Murray appeared to be playing better and better as the match was moving on. Scot made only 4 unforced errors in the second set, backed by 12 winners, and he served at 75%, keeping his weaker second serve safe.
Milos had to digs deep from the very first game, saving a break point in the opener, and he faced more troubles in games 7 and 9, fending off 4 break points in total, unable to do anything significant on the return in the meanwhile.
With the first set already in his bag, Andy was unballasted in the tie break, winning it 7-3 after mini-breaks in the first and fifth points. This was the 122nd Grand Slam match in which Andy took 2 sets to love lead, and he lost just once from there, 11 years ago here at Wimbledon to David Nalbandian.
A similar outcome was not a truly possible option today, as Milos himself didn't believe that he can raise his game up to that level of winning the next 3 sets against such a strong rival. Nevertheless, Canadian played his best tennis in the third set, keeping his serve much better than in previous two sets, not letting Andy to even reach a deuce on return.
In addition, Milos finally gets one slower service game from Murray, creating 2 break points in game 5, the only he will have in the entire match. Andy stayed calm to save them both, and after that another tie break was inevitable.
Andy was again stronger and more focused player, making 3 mini-breaks to win the tie break 7-2, sealing the deal with a service winner to start the celebration of his 3rd Grand Slam crown. ALSO READ: 2016 Junior Wimbledon: Denis Shapovalov wins the title after impressive turnaround against Alex De Minaur