Murray and Raonic on serve in 3rd set

Andy Murray gets in some last-minute practice as he prepares to face Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon final

Though Murray only stole one break in the match, he thoroughly outplayed Raonic, his superior return game outweighing Raonic's powerful serve and forehand. "I was very focused on myself, proud of the way I was able to pull through that match". "Every time you play him you know he's going to get more returns back than anybody else". "Obviously what happened here two years ago, I was very disappointed with".

"I sort of persevered". "I was struggling through many parts of the match".

Many would consider it an overdue debut appearance in a trophy match at a major, and it is an opportunity he is determined to seize upon.

One of those three breaks came at a crucial time late in the fourth set and would ultimately set the tone for the rest of the match.

"If he plays like he did in first and fifth sets (against Federer), not only will he be Wimbledon champion but also No. 1 in the world at this time next year".

It was Raonic's first ever Grand Slam final. "I do think in these situations it can make a difference", said Murray as he analysed the influence of Lendl who won eight majors in his own playing career although never triumphed at Wimbledon. "I was always looking for a solution".

He got a taste of the well of goodwill that flows towards him these days when he was mobbed by fans following his practice on Court 19 on Saturday lunchtime.

In an interesting sub-plot to Sunday's final, Raonic will have three-time champion John McEnroe in his corner for the last time.

Murray was soaking up Raonic's power and consistently picking the angles of his advances.

The 54-year-old left hospital on Tuesday, and after getting £100 and a ticket from a friend caught the train from his home in Bournemouth to Wimbledon, before wheeling himself the final stretch to Wimbledon Park and the queue for a chance to watch the match from Henman Hill. Hopefully, it will be even bigger if I win on Sunday. "There is a lot of pressure on me to play well here". There's no, 'too calm for you.

"That's pretty much the thing you're fighting the most, is to try to find a level that's good enough", Raonic said.

Carlos Moyà watches Milos Raonic's practice ahead of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Just three weeks ago, Murray won their meeting in the final of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament. "It's been a great asset for me".

"With the body that's been playing up this year, I just hope I'm going to be fine. It's definitely the biggest step forward I've made".

PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Milos Raonic in action against Andy Murray during the Men's Singles Final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

"It was phenomenal", Raonic said of his performance.

"(Murray) does a lot of things well.

"I think it's something that we've all been working together at. I guess my goal is to keep him away from that, play it on my terms, be aggressive, not hesitate".

But he didn't need to face either of those rivals this fortnight: The sixth-seeded Raonic eliminated Federer in five sets in the semifinals Friday, and also defeated the player who stunned Djokovic in the third round, Sam Querrey. I wasn't disappointed with that point. "Maybe my game is a little more exciting when I go for shots that I wouldn't have when I was younger". I took care of my serve as much as I could.


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