Milos Raonic sends warning message to Andy Murray ahead of Wimbledon final
Jul 13 2016
While his serve isn't as fast as Raonic's, Murray has only six double faults during the tournament. "At the same time I totally overachieved here".
"By being more vocal, it helps me stay relaxed in long matches and not feel tired".
"I said, "I don't mind at all".
"I was struggling throughout the third and fourth sets, he was playing some real good tennis".
"Two years ago I bottled up all the difficulties I had on court and never got it out", Raonic said, referring to his semifinal loss to Federer.
Murray has now reached more slam finals than any other British player, surpassing the mark he jointly held with Fred Perry, and there is no doubt he will be expected to repeat his 2013 triumph, which ended Perry's 77-year reign as the last British victor of the men's singles title.
"But it's something he's always made me aware of and been conscious of".
"There's no doubt Milos Raonic will be a very tough final opponent, after all he beat Roger Federer on Centre Court to get there".
Murray has won all 12 of his matches since recently reuniting with coach Ivan Lendl, who was also in charge of the Scot's backroom team when he last won Wimbledon.
So dominant have Roger Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal been here and everywhere else that this will be the first Wimbledon final since 2002 not to feature one of them.
The Canadian was awful on grass only a few short seasons ago and while he's improved since then he's still only broken the serve of his opponents 13.6% of the time in his last 10 matches on the green stuff.
Asked about the credit McEnroe might receive if Raonic triumphs on Sunday, the Canadian said: "At the end of the day, I get to win Wimbledon".
"Now I have an even bigger tool set to sort of face that challenge on Sunday than I did a few Sundays ago". I've practised it a lot and still work on it all the time to make sure it's good.
This will be Murray's 11th major final and the shortest price he's been until now in such a match was as a [2.28] shot in the 2011 Australian Open final that he lost in straight sets to Djokovic.
"I don't mind failing", he said. "It gives me something to keep my sightlines on and really progress and try to win this thing".
Murray has been in superb form over the last three months, reaching the final of his last five events and winning three of them.
Lendl has been back in Murray's camp for the last two, overseeing titles at Queen's Club and now Wimbledon. "Its not just me", said Raonic, the only male tennis player from Canada to crack the top 10 in the singles rankings. "That's why I feel he can do it". He says exactly what he thinks.
"I guess the tournaments start to mean more to you the older you get, and you start to appreciate the history of the events probably more as you get older. I'll just concentrate on my side, do what I can to prepare well for it and see what happens".
"Also the information I get from him, the psychological help that I get from having him around, being able to chat to him at these events, before the big matches, makes a difference".
The Scot said he had not yet made up his mind whether to play in Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia next week, although the inference was he would not.