Andy Murray has won the second Wimbledon title of his career after defeating Canada's Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) on Centre Court. The 29-year-old Scot produced one of his most mature and measured performances at SW19 to win in impressive fashion in front of a star-studded crowd.
The world number two, who defeated Raonic to claim the fifth title at Queen's Club last month, produced a near-faultless performance against his big-serving opponent to repeat his 2013 triumph and claim the third Grand Slam title of his career. The controlled, considered display from Murray emphasised the progress the Brit has made since his breakthrough year.
Raonic – who was playing in his first Grand Slam final – showed no signs of nerves in the early exchanges of the match, as he and Murray both successfully held their respective serves until the seventh game of the first set. However, the pre-match favourite sealed the first break of serve after 25 minutes of play, accepting the second of two break points, which prompted fist-pumping celebrations from the Scot.
And when he was taken to deuce in the next game, Murray produced two massive first serves to consolidate his break and establish himself as the front-runner on Centre Court. He sealed the first in 41 minutes thanks to an easy volley at the net.
Murray continued to dictate the pace of the match in the second set, but spurned a break point opportunity in the opening game, when he smashed a forehand into the net. And he doubled the dose in the seventh game of the set, too, failing to clear the net with a backhand when he had another break-point chance.
Yet Murray's obvious advantage – which was not yet reflected in the scoreline – was underlined when Raonic produced the fastest serve of the tournament, at 147mph, but still lost the point later in the second, which was decided by a tiebreak. Raonic had an impressive 5-1 advantage over Murray in tiebreakers prior to today, 10 July, but the Canadian made a crucial error in the first point to gift the Scot a mini-break and Murray never looked back, winning it 7-3.
Raonic, 25, left the court before the start of the third set, which agitated Murray. But the Scot – who produced remarkably few unforced errors during the match – did not allow his frustration to spill over. Raonic, on the other hand, was showing an unusual amount of angst as he sought to cling on to his ever-fading dream of winning the title.
The world number seven earned his first break-point chances of the match in the fifth game of the third set, but Murray responded with a series of powerful first serves to scrap his way out of danger. Raonic, to his credit, refused to wilt under the pressure of Murray's accuracy from the baseline and made him fight for the title.
But the Scot's new-found maturity and experience of Grand Slam finals underpinned his success, as he secured a championship-deciding tiebreak thanks to more pinpoint ground strokes. Murray's latest Wimbledon triumph was confirmed when Raonic dumped a forehand into the net, prompting a tearful reaction from a jubilant new champion.
Murray subsequently admitted how some of his heartbreaking losses on Centre Court have inspired his two successes. "This the most important tournament for me every year," he told BBC Sport. "I've had some great moments here but also some tough losses the wins feels extra special because of the tough losses."
The new champion also took the time to thank his family and the British fans for their support. "A big thank you to all of my team for all the hard work they've put in to help me," he said. "To all my family watching up there, I love all of you. Thank you. I'm going make sure I enjoy winning this one, last time I was so relieved, there was so much stress and pressure I didn't get as much a chance to enjoy it."