Raonic confident in his armoury ahead of Murray final clash
Jul 12 2016
Raonic posted a simple message on Twitter - "I am by no means done yet" - as he prepared to face down not only a grand slam final regular in Murray, but a Centre Court crowd who will be firmly behind the home player. Murray has a 2-8 record in major finals, including a three-match losing streak in Grand Slam title matches.
Raonic at the bottom is serving for the first set up 5-3, but the 17-time Grand slam victor is able to prolong the frame with a nice passing shot.
Tsonga took him to five sets before he eliminated Berdych in three.
But Raonic has stepped up this season to lead the challenge of the younger generation and he had Murray in serious trouble in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January and in the final at Queen's Club last month before the Scot turned things around.
On the women's side, it's no surprise to see top-seeded Serena Williams going for her seventh Wimbledon title Saturday.
The American sisters beat eighth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (3), 6-4 on No. 1 Court. He then served out the set.
Andy Murray earned the first break of the Wimbledon final.
Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic made his way into the first Grand Slam finals of his career on 8 July, after defeating 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Wimbledonsemifinals. "Especially in the second set when I was 3-2 up and had a couple of break points on his serve", he said. He would also be the first player other than Federer, Djokovic, Murray or Rafael Nadal to win Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.
Murray, 29, will compete in his 11th major final when he plays Milos Raonic in the men's Wimbledon final on Sunday.
During the changeover, Federer had his right leg looked at by a trainer. "I was down a set and a break but I managed to turn it around".
Milos Raonic on his way to victory over Roger Federer.
Murray beat Raonic on grass in the Queen's Club final three weeks ago.
Raonic has played two tough five-setters to reach the final, against David Goffin in round four and Friday's thriller with Federer, whereas Murray's path has been relatively smooth.
Now the sixth seed wants to make sure all his hard work does not unravel in the final as he faces a rival who he called tennis's "premier workaholic". In the third, Federer used his enormous experience to claim the set 6-4. This time around, it was the Canadian's day in a 5-set thriller 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in almost three-and-a-half hours.
Andy Murray and Milos Raonic are headed to a tiebreaker in the second set of the Wimbledon final.
Federer incredibly dropped serve from 40-0 to conclude the fourth, striking back-to-back double faults from 40-15. 6-3 the score.
This is the 25-year-old Canadian's second Wimbledonsemifinal. I don't know at this point.
And Raonic pounced threading a backhand passing shot to give him the set.
Ahead of their Wimbledon reunion, Raonic was asked how realistic it had felt to wish for the rematch with Murray, and said: "I think I believed it more than I believed it probably at any other stage of entering a tournament".
Raonic "has a real love for Wimbledon" and as a youngster would repeatedly watch videos of Pete Sampras winning All England Club titles, according to California-born Curtis, who now runs his own academy.
Raonic's two coaches, Carlos Moya and John McEnroe, both former world No 1s and grand slam winners, took him aside after that Goffin win and told him, "This can change your career at this point".