With his rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic already out of contention at Wimbledon 2016, Andy Murray has a chance to add a Grand Slam title on Sunday. However, his Canadian opponent in the final, Milos Raonic, is coming off a big win against the Swiss Maestro and will be aiming for the first majors title in his career.
Murray and Raonic have met nine times previously in their ATP career. Murray has the edge, 6-3 and has won the last five matches.
Murray said that he was expecting for Federer to win his semifinals match versus Raonic because of the Swiss’ history at Wimbledon but said that he wasn’t surprised to see Raonic advancing to the final.
“Yes and no. I mean, you know, obviously Roger’s won here I think seven times, and been in the final I think a couple more times. So anytime he loses, it’s somewhat of a surprise,” Murray said of Federer’s semifinals loss via the tournament’s official website.
“But Milos has been playing really good tennis this year, and also on the grass. Yeah, I mean, Roger’s also coming off the back of a period where he hadn’t played too much, had a long five setter the other day. So it’s not too much of a surprise.”
The 29-year-old Murray won in the London Grand Slam three years ago when he beat Djokovic in straight sets, 6–4 7–5 6–4. He’s looking for his third overall Grand Slam title after also winning the 2012 US Open, where he also beat the Serbian, 7–6(10) 7–5 2–6 3–6 6–2.
Meanwhile in his post-match interview after the big win over Federer, Raonic said that he needs to play his game to get the victory over Murray.
“Well, obviously it’s a challenge either way. He does a lot of things well. I think the biggest challenge for me, which I felt was the thing I want to happen the least, or repeat itself the least from Queen’s, is I got sucked into his game,” Raonic said.
“I didn’t play on my terms. That’s going to be the most important thing for me.”
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Prediction: Murray wins in four sets over Raonic, 6-3 3-6 6-4 7-5
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