And it was the first time in 11 appearances in a majors final, that the player across the net was neither Novak Djokovic, nor Roger Federer — both men exiting the tournament in shocking upsets this year.
On Sunday, defeating Milos Raonic, the first-ever Canadian to make it to the Wimbledon finals, Murray was overwhelmed, breaking into tears because, he said, “It’s the most important tournament for me every year.”
Murray’s victory came in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2), and it seemed that Milos Raonic, who had hammered his way into the finals with 137 aces under his belt, was not at his best, managing only eight in the marathon match that lasted all of two hours and 48 minutes. Raonic made 29 unforced errors compared to Murray’s 12, and the determined Scotsman outclassed him in every aspect of the game.
For Murray, victory at Wimbledon was sweet indeed after the bitter disappointments earlier of losing both the Australian Open and the French Open to Novak Djokovic. It also had something to do, perhaps, with Ivan Lendl coming back to his camp as coach, because Murray’s defense and return strategy is now a formidable war-machine any opponent would find a daunting challenge.