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Murray 'returns' for second Wimbledon title

12:00am | & News

Congratulations to Andy Murray on winning his second Wimbledon men's singles title!

Murray beat big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets to take the title to massive applause on Centre Court. Commentators noted he had been playing some of the best tennis of his career throughout Wimbledon fortnight but, despite the straight sets scoreline, the final was no walkover.

Murray broke Raonic's serve to take the first set 6-4, but it would be the only break of the hard-fought match, with the next two sets both won on tie-breaks. Arguably it was Murray's impressive return of the Canadian's huge serve which won the match. 

In the six-match run-up to the final, 6ft 5ins Raonic had served 137 aces, but in the final managed just eight against Murray. Even his fastest serve of the match, delivered at a mind-boggling 147mph, was returned by Murray, who went on to win the point. It must have been disconcerting for Raonic, who is used to demolishing opponents with the power of his mighty serve.

Other aspects of Murray's game were equally impressive though and in the end he proved just too strong for the Canadian, winning the final tie break 7-2 to take the championship. Only after the match was over did Murray's composure crack as he was overwhelmed by emotion. Even his habitually poker-faced coach Ivan Lendl managed a smile!

At 29, Murray now seems more secure and self-confident in his game, playing the best tennis of his life. With three Grand Slam titles to his name, there could yet be many more to come.

Congratulations also go to British women's number two Heather Watson, who won the mixed doubles title with her Finnish partner Henri Kontinen. And to Scot Gordon Reid who won the wheelchair singles title on Sunday to add to the wheelchair doubles title he won with partner Alfie Hewett the previous day. All in all, a remarkable weekend at Wimbledon for British tennis!

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