Cheered to the rafters by a jubilant Centre Court crowd and by the thousands glued to the big screen outside No1 Court, Murray tamed the big-serving Canadian 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and 47 minutes to claim the third major of his career.
Under the approving gaze of his coach, Ivan Lendl, Murray, whose 2013 victory at the All England Club ended a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles champion, capitalised on the relative inexperience of the sixth-seeded Raonic to control the match from start to finish.
Murray fashioned a decisive break at 3-3 in the opening set as Raonic netted a forehand volley. The Canadian continued to live dangerously on serve, saving a break point in the opening game of the second set and repeating the feat in the seventh and ninth games.
But a poor start to the second-set tiebreaker effectively put paid to his challenge, Murray racing away with the decider for the loss of just three points. The third set followed a familiar pattern as again Murray took control in the tie-break after neither player could manage a break of serve.
The victory continued a remarkable run of success by the Scot under the guidance of Lendl, whom he welcomed back to his coaching team at Queen’s Club four weeks ago. In their first spell together, which ended in March 2014, Murray won the US Open, Wimbledon and Olympic titles.
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