The world No. 2 earned a 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2) victory over sixth-seeded Milos Raonic in front of his home crowd Sunday.
Though Murray just stole one break in the match, he outplayed Raonic. His superior return game outweighing Raonic’s forehand and powerful serve.
If Murray was feeling the pressure of being the favorite for the first time in his three Wimbledon final appearances, he didn’t let it show. The 2013 Wimbledon champ remained dedicated to his game plan, driving him onto his backhand and neutralizing Raonic’s serve.
When Raonic hit the second-quickest serve in Wimbledon history, Murray not only absorbed it, he won the point with one of his many passing-shot winners on the day.
It was that kind of day for the 25-year old, who struggled with the nerves of being in his first major final. He struggled to win on the first serve and hit just eight aces after smoking 137 through his first six matches.
Murray needed only one little opening to take the first set, converting on his third break-point chance at 3-3 to push ahead. Though he’s most known for his return game, Murray was strong not letting Raonic see a break point opportunity until midway through the third set.
The second set was full of strong holds, with Raonic. In the breaker, though, Raonic started to falter under the pressure and Murray was helped by a string of blunders to an easy 7-3 win.
As Raonic kept fighting to dodge an early departure, the third set took a similar trajectory. He finally made a double break point at 2-2, but he couldn’t capitalize on his chances. Raonic held serve at 5-6 to stay in the match and again send it to a tiebreak. But once again, Murray’s expertise overtook Raonic’s nerves, as he jumped out to a 5-0 lead and cruised to his third major title.