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Murray v Raonic - key moments defining Wimbledon 2016 final

Key moments from Sunday\'s Wimbledon final between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic.

Published: 10th July 2016 11:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2016 11:15 PM   |  A+A-

By AFP

Key moments from Sunday's Wimbledon final between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic:

1st set

Murray 6-4

+ Cheered on from the Royal Box by Prince William and wife Kate, Murray has early opportunity to dent Raonic's formidable serve when he earns a break point in the third game, but the Canadian blasts his way out of trouble.

+ At 3-3, 15-15, Murray makes his move, unleashes a brilliant backhand winner on the run. The rattled Raonic misses an easy forehand, giving the world number two the chance to land the first break of the match as Raonic dumps a volley into the net.

+ With the set on his racquet, Murray calmly guides a volley into the empty court after moving Raonic out of position. The 2013 champion needs 41 minutes to take the first step towards his second Wimbledon crown.

Key stats: Raonic just one ace and nine winners

Tweet: "Why is missile Raonic not bringing the gas on 1st serve makes zero sense." -- Brad Gilbert, former coach of Andre Agassi.

2nd set

Murray 7-6 (7/3)

+ A Raonic double fault gifts Murray with a break point in the opening game of the second set, but the 29-year-old can't make it count as he mistimes a forehand into net.

+ Murray's masterful returns ensure Raonic is always under pressure and even when he manages the fastest serve of the tournament at 147mph, the Scot still wins the point. Saving one break point at 3-3, then two more at 4-4, Raonic holds on for tie-break.

+ Scenting Raonic is ready to buckle, Murray goes for the kill in the tie-break and curls a majestic forehand winner to put him 4-1 ahead. Pressing home his advantage in ruthless fashion, Murray clenches his fist and roars "yes!" after taking a two-set lead.

Key stats: Murray yet to face break point; only six unforced errors so far.

Tweet: "Brilliant from @andy_murray absolutely brilliant!" -- former England footballer Gary Lineker.

3rd set

Murray 7-6 (7/2)

+ Murray was still a teenager when he last let a two-set lead slip at Wimbledon and he is in no mood to tarnish that impressive record, especially after getting ticked off by Raonic's lengthy bathroom break between sets.

+ Facing break points for the first time in the match in his 14th service game, Murray finds himself 15-40 down at 2-2. But, showing remarkable composure under duress, he quickly snuffs out the danger to leave Raonic ruefully shaking his head.

+ Murray's almost flawless display reached a crescendo in the tie-break when he induced a pair of rash errors from Raonic, establishing a 3-0 lead that proved insurmountable for the Canadian. Murray lands the final blow on his second championship point, shouting in delight before collapsing into his chair to wipe away tears of joy.

Key stats: Raonic just eight aces in match; he hit 137 in first six rounds.

Teeet: "YESSSS.Unreal level for the whole tournament @andy_murray. Beyond impressive." -- British player Laura Robson.



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