Men’s Final: Murray v Raonic

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Wimbledon: Men’s Final

Serena Williams made history overnight with a record 22nd Grand Slam title. Tonight Milos Raonic look to win his first but it will be some mountain that he will have to climb. He goes up against Andy Murray, a man who has two Slams to is name and a truck load more of experience. All of the signs point to a Murray victory but if Raonic can play as big as his shoe size anything can happen.

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Andy Murray v Milos Raonic
This is a landmark Final in more ways than one and it has as much to do with the men absent as it has to do with the two men taking part in it. It marks just the second time since the 2005 Australian Open that the names of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal will not take part. Federer had his chances against Raonic but the big serving Canadian was able to overcome a two sets to one deficit to advance to his maiden Slam final.

It is a position that Andy Murray is all too familiar with and if Raonic thinks it will be easy he will have to think again. Murray needed 5 attempts to win his first slam and there is a reason why he is just 2-8 in Grand Slam Finals. In all 10 finals he has faced either Djokovic or Federer – two of the greats of the game. This will be the first time that he will be up against a different name and he will not slip up.

Raonic won 3 of the first 4 meetings between the pair but Murray has been dominant since, winning the last 5 including their most recent meeting in the final of Queen’s a fortnight ago. Raonic did win the first set on that occasion and lets not forget that he was up two sets to one on Murray in the semi’s of the Australian Open earlier this year. Murray’s consistency over 5 sets was too much to overcome and The Wolf says the same will be the case in tonight’s final.

Since appointing Carlos Moya the improvements in Raonic’s game are there to be seen and the addition of John McEnroe has admittedly helped him mentally. It is one thing to have the belief and it is another to play your best on the biggest stage of them all. Raonic served 11 double faults against Roger and won just 46% of points on his second serve. If he puts up those number against Murray he will not win a set! He will not have the luxury of attacking Murray’s backhand like he did in the semi against Roger and with no safety net play he will be unable to get into any of Andy’s service games. The Brit broke the serve of Bercych 5 times in his semi final clash and the Wolf can see just as many in the final – especially with nerves to play their part. Murray in 4.
Tip: Murray -4.5 ($2.00)
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