Scotland’s Andy Murray will be taking on Montenegrin-born, Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon Men’s Single Final at the All England Tennis Club just outside of London this Sunday, July 10th 2016. The sixth-ranked Raonic is the first Canadian to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament and he made it by downing third-ranked Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a 3.5 hour marathon semifinal match on Friday. The second-ranked Murray reached the final with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over 10th-ranked Tomas Berdych. This is the first time since the 2002 final that it hasn’t featured Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic. Murray won Wimbledon in 2013.
Andy Murray vs Milos Raonic – bet365 Tennis Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Andy Murray to win at 1/4 with Raonic at 3/1
Andy Murray vs Milos Raonic Head to Head:
- Right-handers Andy Murray and Milos Raonic have met nine times in the past with three of those matches coming this year. Murray leads the series 6-3 at this points after Raonic was 3-1 after their first four encounters. Murray has beaten Raonic five times in a row including 3-0 this year. Murray won in five sets at the Australian Open semifinals, in two sets in Monte-Carlo and in three sets at the Queen’s Club championship contest.
The 29-year-old Murray enters Sundays match after losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open Final in June. He’s won two major championships and is seeking his second Wimbledon title. He’s 11-0 on the grass while all of Raonic’s career wins have been on the hard court. Murray downed Liam Broady, Yen-Hsun Lu, John Millman, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Berdych at Wimbledon this year with Tsonga being the only opponent to last more than three sets as he went five. Raonic went five sets with Federer and David Goffin and also defeated Pablo Carreno Busta, Andreas Seppi, Jack Sock, and Sam Querrey.
The 25-year-old Raonic goes into the match as the underdog, but Federer was also favored to beat him in the semifinal. The Canadian knows what needs to be done to upend Murray, who will be playing in his second Wimbledon final, but it’s easier said than done. Murray is one of the sport’s best serve returners and is a fine defensive player and that’s why he’s beaten Raonic five consecutive times. Murray definitely has the experience in big matches as this will be his 11th Grand Slam final while it’s Raonic’s first ever appearance in one. However, this will be the first time Murray’s the favorite in a Wimbledon final as his first two matches were against Federer and Djokovic.
Murray has been playing better tennis since former great Ivan Lendl returned as his coach. Lendl was with Murray when the Briton won his pair of Grand Slam crowns before they went their own ways in March of 2014. Lendl rejoined Murray a month ago and the chemistry was back as Murray won the Queen’s Club championship by downing Raonic two sets to one after losing the first set. However, Raonic has shown great improvement over the past 24 months as he was swept in the semifinals by Federer at Wimbledon two years ago and took him out in five this time around. Raonic appeared to be down and out this year after Federer took the first set and had him on the ropes in the fourth, but he fought back on three break points and won the final two sets. And fans shouldn’t forget he took Murray to five sets at this year’s Australian Open semifinals in January in Raonic’s second Grand Slam semifinal.