11 Jul 2016

Murray wins second Wimbledon

11:56 am on 11 July 2016

Britain's Andy Murray has won his second Wimbledon tennis title in a straight sets victory over Canada's Milos Raonic.

Andy Murray poses with the winner's trophy after victory over Canada's Milos Raonic.

New champion Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Photo: AFP

It took the world No.2 just under three hours to beat Raonic 6-4 7-6 7-6.

It was Murray's third grand slam title to go with his win at Wimbledon in 2013 and the US Open in 2012.

"This is obviously the most important tournament for me every year," said Murray.

"I've had some great moments here and also some tough losses and obviously the wins feel extra special because of the tough losses so I'm proud to get my hands on the trophy again."

The final was billed as a showdown between one of the world's biggest servers and arguably the best returner.

Murray broke the Raonic serve only once, midway through the opening set, but always seemed in control as the Canadian struggled to lay a glove on the elusive Scot.

Raonic had been hoping to become Canada's first grand slam singles champion and while he battled gamely to the end he conceded he had been second best.

"Andy has been playing great and he deserves to be winning here for the second time," he said.

"This one is going to sting so I'm going to make sure that as long as these courts are green I'll do everything I can to be back here for another chance."

The first chink Raonic's armour came in the seventh game when he netted a forehand volley to hand Murray a break.

The Scot pressed repeatedly for another break in the second set but Raonic showed great resilience to take it to a tiebreak, only for Murray to raise his game to a new level.

The match was more than two hours old when Raonic finally had two break points at 2-2 in the third set, but Murray saved both and held -- roaring angrily towards his coach Ivan Lendl.

Twice Raonic held serve to stay in the match, at 4-5 and 5-6, but Murray again upped the ante in the tiebreak, winning the first five points as he surged towards victory.

Raonic saved one match point but Murray wrapped it up when he forced the Canadian to net a backhand.

Murray's win meant he avoided becoming the first man to lose in the final of the first three majors of the year in the professional era -- having succumbed to Djokovic in Australia and France.

- BBC / Reuters

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