Centre Court marvels at magnificent Murray


Andy Murray implanted the masterplan to perfection in a scintillating Centre Court exhibition to claim his second Wimbledon title as Milos Raonic was subjected to an excruciating first major final.

Huge roars echoed around the grounds of the All England Club, the masses acclaiming their hero following a masterful display that earned him a third grand slam title.

The brilliant Brit was anything but hampered by the pressure of being favourite with no Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer on the other side of the net, producing an inspired display to triumph 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2).

World number two Murray was full of emotion as rocked back in his seat before grasping the famous trophy like he never wanted to let it go.

The magnificent Scot said there a huge feeling of relief after winning his first Wimbledon title on the hallowed grass three years ago, when he ended a 77-year wait for a British man to be crowned singles champion, and vowed to enjoy his achievement more this time around.

Murray was like the king of the castle in his home grand slam, proving again that he is at the peak of his powers as he was able to combat the threat of the powerful Raonic.

The 29-year-old soaked up the pressure to put in a faultless performance, saving the only two break points he faced and returning with remarkable quality to allow the biggest server in the game to fire down only eight aces.

There was the intriguing sub-plot of coach Ivan Lendl in his corner and the Czech's old rival John McEnroe employed by sixth Raonic, but it was all about Murray's class on the final day of a thrilling tournament.

Usually poker-faced, Lendl even managed a smile after watching his charge check his notes between games and remember his lines in his 11th major final.

Raonic, brimming with confidence after conquering Roger Federer to become the first Canadian man to reach a grand slam final, was simply unable to knock down a Murray brick wall.

The Montenegro-born world number seven was beaten by Murray in the final at Queen's three weeks earlier, but warned he had bigger tools ahead of the showdown at SW19.

But Murray has mastered his trade and his all-round game was simply too good for the underdog, billed as a future number one but showing he still has work to do.

There was a distinct lack of histrionics from Murray, who was focused and determined throughout, not allowing Raonic a look-in at one of the great sporting theatres.     

The majority of a partisan crowd sat on the edge of their seats sporting headwear to protect them from the sun and they might have thought Murray needed a tin hat if Raonic could come up with one last blitz.

Murray had a devastating artillery of his own, though, taking everything the towering Raonic threw at him, knowing this was his best chance of winning another major after losing the previous two this year against world number one Djokovic.

Raonic prowled around the baseline as Murray took his time before the start and the favourite made a statement of intent by winning the opening point with a measured forehand.

The second seed got the upper hand when Raonic netted to go a break down at 4-3, prompting Murray to point his right index finger to his temple while turning around to roar towards his box.

Raonic felt he played into Murray's hands when he squandered a 2-1 lead to lose to the Scot in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, but he could have done little more this time around as Murray wrapped up the opening set.

Even a rasping 147-miles-per-hour serve could not get past Murray, who won that point with a majestic passing shot and fizzed a cross-court forehand winner in a second-set tie-break before a bold second serve enabled him a 2-0 lead.

Murray pumped his fists and Raonic charged off for an off-court break before returning to try and pull off an unlikely comeback, but the home favourite was in no mood to hang around.

Raonic threw everything at Murray, but the Brit was a man on a mission and saved two-break points before dominating a second breaker to end his three-year wait for another grand slam title.