Britain celebrates FIVE Wimbledon titles
Murray savours moment of Centre Court history
Andy Murray secured his place in British sporting history with an imperious display to lift the Wimbledon men’s singles title for the second time.
The Scot was in invincible form, triumphing in straight sets against the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5.
Rarely did Murray appear threatened by his opponent as he returned one thundering serve after another, some reaching speeds of 145mph. Raonic struggled to add to his 137 aces, taking five games to add a 138th.
It was Murray’s 11th Grand Slam final and for the first time he was the favourite. By contrast Raonic was appearing in his first and also attempting to win the first Grand Slam for Canada, but he could not find the key to unlock Murray’s game.
The pair had met in the Aegon Championships final at Queen’s last month when Murray also won and the pair seem destined to forge a new rivalry.
It was arguably one of the Briton’s finest performances, delivering a series of cross-court winning shots. He made only nine unforced errors during the match and went 5-0 up in both tie-breaks.
After receiving the trophy, Murray said: “Thanks to all my team up there, I love all of 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.
“Huge thank you to everyone who came out to support. The Prime Minister of the country is here. Playing at a Wimbledon final is tough and I certainly wouldn’t want to be Prime Minister, it’s a tough job.”
It was his third Grand Slam victory following the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013, both against Novak Djokovic.
Credit for this latest victory is bound to be placed on Ivan Lendl, brought in just before Queen’s to replace Amelie Mauresmo.
The Czech-born former Grand Slam winner had been influential in Murray’s earlier victories and appears to have made the difference this time, infusing the Scot with determination and focus.
Famously unmoved as he watches from the player’s box, Lendl was clearly emotional as Murray triumphed.
> It was an astonishing day for British tennis with Heather Watson and her teammate Finland’s Henri Kontinen winning the mixed double’s championship and Glaswegian Gordon Reid securing the first ever men’s singles’ wheelchair championship, beating the Swede Stefan Olsson 6-1 6-4.
Watson and Kontinen won in two sets 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 only a week after they first paired up.
It was a second celebration for Reid who won yesterday’s doubles tournament with Alfie Hewitt.
He now adds Wimbledon to the Australian Open title he won in January.
“It’s incredible,” said Reid. “I’ll never forget this moment.”
Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji have won their third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.
The top seeds beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2 6-2 in one hour and nine minutes on court 17.