2016 Wimbledon Men’s Final Open Thread: Andy Murray v Milos Raonic
by Staff | July 10th, 2016, 8:25 am
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Andy Murray bids for a second Wimbledon title and third overall Grand Slam this afternoon against first-time finalist Milos Raonic.

The 29-year-old Murray is finally cleared of facing Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic in the final, but does have the formidable Canadian who stunned the Swiss on Friday.

Murray is just 2-8 in Grand Slam finals while Raonic is making his first career appearance.

And the celebrity coaches collide again in this rematch from Queen’s. Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe will watch intently their charges.

NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)
Head-to-head: Murray leads 6-3
2016 Wimbledon sees the 130th staging of The Lawn Tennis Championships, which began in 1877 with Britain’s Spencer Gore defeating compatriot William Marshall 61 62 64 for the inaugural title. This is the 49th staging of The Championships in the Open Era, the first being in 1968 when Australia’s Rod Laver defeated countryman Tony Roche 63 64 62. 2016 Wimbledon is the 194th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era.

* 2013 champion MURRAY is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon – and 3rd Grand Slam – title.

* Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry, who won the title here from 1934-36.

* Murray is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon title and become the 12th male player to win multiple Wimbledon titles in the Open Era after Roger Federer (7 titles), Pete Sampras (7), Bjorn Borg (5), Boris Becker (3), Novak Djokovic (3), John McEnroe (3), Jimmy Connors (2), Stefan Edberg (2), Rod Laver (2), Rafael Nadal (2) and John Newcombe (2).

* Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. If he wins, Murray would join Arther Ashe, Jan Kodes and Gustavo Kuerten in winning 3 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era.

* RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to win a Grand Slam title. He would become the 55th different man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era and the 150th different man to win a major title in history.

* Raonic is the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach a Grand Slam final after Eugenie Bouchard, who finished runner-up at 2014 Wimbledon.

* Raonic is bidding to become just the 4th man in the Open Era to win his first grass court title at Wimbledon. Michael Stich (1991), Andre Agassi (1992) and Novak Djokovic (2011) are the only men to have won their first grass court title here.

* Raonic is looking to become the first player outside of the ‘Big Four’ (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and today’s opponent) to win Wimbledon since 2002, when Lleyton Hewitt won the title here. He is also the first player outside those 4 to reach the final here since 2010, when Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych.

SUNDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 2:00PM
1. Milos Raonic (CAN) [6] v Andy Murray (GBR) [2]
2. Robert Farah (COL) [15] / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [15] v Henri Kontinen (FIN) / Heather Watson (GBR)

METOFFICE WEATHER
Occasional outbreaks of rain are likely during the morning, gradually easing away southeast during the afternoon. Brighter and sunny spells follow, but also isolated showers. Staying breezy. Maximum Temperature 22 °C.

BET-AT-HOME ODDS
Andy Murray 1.25 v Milos Raonic 3.86

US TV SCHEDULE
ESPN will have live coverage of the men’s final match starting at 9am ET, 2pm local.

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89 Comments for 2016 Wimbledon Men’s Final Open Thread: Andy Murray v Milos Raonic

Daniel Says:

Nice that Murray already had a BP n Raonic second service game. He played a big FH and nothing he could do. Important is that he is returning. Federer first break chance only happened mid second set after several easy holds by Raonic.


Daniel Says:

15-40,C’mon Murray, break him1


Daniel Says:

Murray breaks and making Raonic move. AsI thought, this will not have man tiebreaks in it, mUrray return is too good, he just have to avoid lapses to not get broken himself down the road.


Van Persie Says:

1st ace from Raonic came just in his 5th service game. Murray is returning really well today.


Daniel Says:

Raonic is a bit tense, first GL final also. Saved a BP opening second set, but the most he got to Murray was one 15-30 game. Murray so far untroubled on serve and that will give him more calm and control of the match. Even so he has to be sharp this second set, Raonic can be dangerous anytime.


AndyMira Says:

Andy needs to capitalize the fatigue in milos legs by being aggressive a little bit more..make him run left and right..so far it’s milos who successfully made andy chase the ball all over the court..


Vami Says:

Andy’s playing great. It looks like he’s going to take this in 3.


Daniel Says:

M fear is Milos keeps saving BP”s like he did 4th set against Federer and somehow wins this set. Andy had chances in game 1 and now this last game, as long as he holds to at least go to a breaker. He needs to open the 2-0 lead, once it sinks in for Raonic that he will need to go 5 again, match over for Murray.


Van Persie Says:

Raonic plays more cautios than he did against Roger. He’s more passiv today.


Daniel Says:

NO MUrray, silly BH mistake on BP. THis is third game this set.


jalep Says:

Dang 2 Break points Andy missed on Milos’ serve.


Van Persie Says:

With Milos on court the match is bound to go in a Tie break, at least for 1 set


jalep Says:

Andy Roddick commentating the match on Periscope
https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YqKDVkrVVEJV

Baa should like this :D


AndyMira Says:

I actually feel sympathy for milos,being an inexperienced finalist..and to have to face andy in his own backyard,with crowd more vocal towards andy..it is a very big mountain to climb that’s for sure..but to be a great player,he has to learn to deal with it..


Daniel Says:

Murray has to force breaker. 30-15


Van Persie Says:

Well, Milos seems to be cool. Does not look like he would be affected by crowd reaction. His problem is more, that Andy plays really good, my pov. a
And Tie Break :)


jalep Says:

TB time


jalep Says:

2-0 Andy


Daniel Says:

3-0, keep ini break, grab second set and start serving first third set.


jalep Says:

3-0 Andy


jalep Says:

4-1 Murray!!


Daniel Says:

Poin to kill Raonic’s will this breaker, 4-1 and 2 serves


jalep Says:

6-1 Lendl happy


Daniel Says:

6-3, set point on serve.


jalep Says:

Andy gets it!! Terrific TB from Andy 7-3


Daniel Says:

Match over, no way Murray loses from 2-0 up!

C’mon CDP, you can come out and celebrate;-)


Van Persie Says:

I think it is match over now. Do not see Milos winning next 2 sets.


AndyMira Says:

Like Danica,VP and Daniel,i want to give early BIGGGGGGGGGGGG CONGRATS to Andy and his loyal fans,Margot,RZ,CDP and others[whom i didn't know their names..sorry!]don’t cry too much guys..save it for his 5th,6th,7th,8th,9th,10th??


jalep Says:

Congrats to Canadian, Denis Shapovalov winning Wimbledon Boy’ Championship!


Markus Says:

I don’t remember ever watching Andy play a significant match without getting stomach ulcers.


jalep Says:

lol Markus

Andy’s fired up, the Royal Box is Fired up. Lendl…remains stoic.


jalep Says:

Raonic can’t pull a Tsonga. I think the way Milos lost that tb affected him — he can’t shake it off.

But it’s not over until it’s over

Murray leads 4-3 on serve


jalep Says:

Wow Murray serving boss. In charge.

Getting closer….5-4

Needs to break here and win.


jalep Says:

6-5 come on Andy break now pls…


jalep Says:

Milos – solid service game makes it a 3rd set TB


Van Persie Says:

another TB


jalep Says:

5-0 Poor Milos is done. Andy subdued him.


jalep Says:

6-1 match point!!!!!!!!!!!!!


jalep Says:

Arrrrrrrrrgh. 6-2


jalep Says:

He got it!! Yayyyyyyyyyy Andy!


jalep Says:

I think I saw Lendl smile


Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Andy and his fans!:)

Commies to Kilos fans, but I see him as a future slam winner. He had a really good tournament.


Van Persie Says:

Correction: Milos fans :)


Daniel Says:

YESSS

Finally after 3 years returning to winning circle.

Big congrats to Margot, The DA, J-Lath, CDP and other Andy loyal, we know what you’ve been through last years.

Hope this one up many more Slams for him to come. He should be in the 5+ winning camp, maybe next year.

Hope next year he and Djoko meet on grass, only place Djoko hasn’t beat Andy, both will be 30 and eager to win more Wimbledons.

Race for #1 just got interesting, Andy 800 pts Djoko now and on a 2 tourney winning streak, perfect grass season and 5 finals in a row since Madrid.


Van Persie Says:

Agree Daniel, The rest of the season will be very interesting :)


Margot Says:

Jaw droppingly awesome from Andy. Best I’ve seen him play since Olympics. Out aced Milos. Is his ROS on grass the best ever? Discuss.
@RZ
Only burst into tears when Andy did!
Hugs to all Andy fans first and second class.
A day of days!
Congrats to Milos, very cool under pressure, didn’t give up either.
Hmmmm not congratulating Andy tho….a bit me, me.


jalep Says:

Are all of you Andy Fans crying yet?


jalep Says:

Are all of you Andy Fans crying yet?


AndyMira Says:

Yes..cried it all out Andy..no shame in that..after much suffering,heartache and pain..you deserve this win andy!To ALL your loyal fans..Margot,RZ,CDP..go celebrate and enjoy it to the fullest..you deserve it as well guys!Here’s my virtual hugs and kisses from across the pond!


chrisford1 Says:

Congrats to Andy and his team. Now #1 ranking will be in play. And get an update from Djokovic on when he might be playing next. Andy should be on a confidence roll.


jalep Says:

Yes, His ROS on grass the best ever imo Margot!


FedExpress Says:

congrats to all andy fans. deserved winner of this tournament. by far the better player.


jalep Says:

Congrats RZ, JK, CDP, theDA, Margot, Willow, and anyone I forgot!


jalep Says:

Colin….congrats to Colin!


Markus Says:

That was a most satisfying Wimbledon final.


Anto Says:

Congrats to Andy fans. After so many Grand Slam Final losses he deserves this. And as for Raonic I hope he wins wimbledon one day.


AndyMira Says:

To milos fans,sorry for the loss..but imo he’s not ready to win a slam yet..maybe in a year or so..but he’ll get it someday..


jane Says:

Congrats to Andy! A second wimbledon title has to feel soooo good; he was holding it like his baby. :) Special shout outs to margot (x), RZ, & DA and all other muzz fans on here. Enjoy the day and the win!

Milos didn’t have too bad of a match, all things considered, and he handled the speech thereafter very well.


Daniel Says:

Oh, and I just won the bracket challenge;-)


jalep Says:

Congrats to Daniel! Bracket Winner ☝


jalep Says:

And congrrats to Davetx WTA bracket winner 🏆


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Happy for Andy. He’s always been a great player. He just happened to play slightly greater players in most of his finals. Well deserved. This one seemed more emotional for him than the first one.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Daniel (presume “J-Lath” is “J-Kath”) and to VP, Jane et al. To Jalep @ 12.09pm….You were right. The tears.

Margot and RZ….how you doing?


Giles Says:

Congrats to Andy and fans. Well done! 👍


Margot Says:

Andy Mira, sending great big virtual hugs back darling.
Thanks to everyone for congrats and good wishes. After all the heartbreaks and losses and not to mention the massive setback the op caused, this must feel simply grand.
Love you all, even that cove Dennis….;)


J-Kath Says:

Oh, I just noticed Jalep’s on the winners Dave and Daniel. Well done.


J-Kath Says:

And congrats. to Gordon Reid in the wheelchair event. (Also a Scot). Interesting story on this young man if anyone interested.


Jun Says:

Congrats to Andy Murray! Wow! Well deserved!


Margot Says:

Doing grand Kath, yourself?
Congrats to Gordon and Joanne too. And fingers crossed for Heather.


courbon Says:

Congratulations to all Andy fans.Happy he has won-he was the best player through the tournament and he thoroughly desrve it!§
Also the player of that calibre, deserved more then just 2 GS….
His returning was unbelivable today


J-Kath Says:

This from “USA Today”

The bit that says “England won Euro 2016″ is scored out with big red line.

Sunday really was a great day for British sport. England won Euro 2016, Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Pix while Andy Murray became officially British again after the Scottish-born tennis player captured his second Wimbledon title.

He won his first in 2013 and was so emotional after capturing the tournament once again that he broke down into tears once the reality of things set in.

PS: I particularly like the third line.


J-Kath Says:

Thank you Courbon: Did I ever tell you how much I value your opinion?

At Margot: Left the house when the first tie-break was on…”Oh me of little faith”. Delighted on my return. (VP: I went out for cigarettes breaking my fast).

It won’t be long till Andy’s contesting his 18th GS (ah well – who are we if we haven’t got our dreams?)


theDA Says:

Big hugs to Margot and other fellow Muzz fans. That was almost a flawless performance from our boy. Returning 147MPH serves? What?? His tactics worked brilliantly. He did a few things differently compared to the AO SF and it paid off. The emotions were very telling. This almost means more than 2013 did. Milos is going to be big trouble for all our faves sooner rather than later.


J-Kath Says:

Gosh so many more of you sendng congrats, very kind:
Chrisford1, FedExpress, Jun, Markus, Anto, T.Fan-1976, AndyM.


Okiegal Says:

Did not get to watch the final…..but the score tells me it was a good one……for Murray fans, anyway! Congrats to Margot and J-Kath! It was church day so I will watch the replay tonight. Two tiebreak sets….that gets the blood to pumping!! Glad he won…..he has really been playing awesome tennis!


J-Kath Says:

Willow and Okie…your encouragement along the way…most appreciated. We’ll be hearing from you….I know for sure.


Vami Says:

Congrats to Andy supporters, he was by far the best player this tournament.
I’ve never seen a tennis match with a closer score where the gap between the players was so huge.


Margot Says:

Raising a glass of champagne to you and Andy, Mr DA. :)


jalep Says:

Andy owned that court today. Dominated it.

I think this Us Open could be a great one with Nole, Andy, and Rafa all hungry to get the last GS bite outta 2016.


Nithish Says:

Congrats to Andy on his 2nd Wimbledon.


J-Kath Says:

Oh Vami – Brilliant.


courbon Says:

J kAth: I really meant it! While, I do not want Andy to be so good next GS ( I’m Novak fan on the end of the day…(-: ) I genuienly happy for him!


BBB Says:

Only 12 UEs. I find that extraordinary. If he hadn’t been so clearly the better player in this match, I would have thought that number’s too low and he should go for more shots.

I am guessing, however, there’s a reason he hired Lendl rather than me.


madmax Says:

Congrats to Murray fans. This is your day and your time. Enjoy.


Temple Says:

Well done Andy Murray. Somehow, I am a sucker for this Big 4 thing. I’d rather any of them winning Grand Slams until 2020 than Raoniches and Nishikoris.


AndyMira Says:

@JK 2:04pm..you deserved to be congratulate upon,after all the heartache and very hurt losses time and time again,this win surely like a sweet honey that can soothe your soul..hope you’re going to enjoy it to the fullest..but be prepare..this is only a starter..Andy will start a 2nd phase of his onslaught of slams soon,and he will add another and another and another…

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