Raonic has been in fine form this week. Under the tutelage of John McEnroe he has added aggression to his baseline play, which when coupled with his remarkable first serve makes him a difficult player to beat.
Neither player could fashion a break point chance in a first set of high quality all court tennis. The inevitable tiebreak immediately swung in Raonic's direction, with the Canadian earning a minibreak in the first point. Murray pegged him back to 5-5, but an ill advised approach shot from the Brit left the court open. Raonic made the ...
For much of the first set Cilic looked liked he was playing on ice. The 6'6" Croatian slithered and skidded around, often half a step behind the nimble footed Murray. The Brit started aggressively, capitalising on his opponents dubious footwork to break early on. A second break of serve at 5-3 sealed the set, and Murray looked to have one foot in the final.
Cilic had other ideas. The Croatian started to find his footing and began to pressurise Murray. The Brit, who up to this point had been a study in serenity, started to show signs of frustration. He finally cracked at 3-3, mis...
Murray, the top seed and defending champion, is looking for a record fifth Aegon Championships title.
Edmund, who beat eighth seed Gilles Simon in round one, began confidently with a strong service game. A welter of heavy serves and forehands followed, as well as some deft forecourt play that helped him recover an early break.
Murray broke again to take the first set, but the Scot was twice down a break in the second. At 5-3, Edmund saved three break points to knot the match.
With rain threatening, Murray hit the gas...
Bedene, ranked 58, competed well but Murray proved too strong, coming through in just over an hour.
Murray was forced to save a break point in the first game, and the second game was also keenly contested. Otherwise both players were comfortable on serve until the world number 2 broke in the eighth game, and then closed out the set with an ace.
Bedene's serve was under threat early in the second set, the British number 2 just able to hold Murray off in the first game before succumbing two games later. But he was able to hit straight back to level the score.
Murray regrouped and made the...
Ivan Lendl was sitting courtside for the first time since 2014, he and Murray having just resumed their highly successful coaching partnership.
Mahut’s attacking style and sharp volleying are perfectly suited to the grass courts. Fresh off a title in s-Hertogenbosch, the 34-year-old certainly proved to be a tricky opponent, Murray having to fight back from a break down in both sets. But the world number 2 served well under pressure - ending the encounter with a first serve percentage of 71% and 15 aces.
Both players held serve comfortably in the early e...
Murray was the first British male finalist since 1937, capping a remarkable turnaround in his clay court CV. For Djokovic this match carried even more significance. The Serb was attempting to complete the career and calendar grand slam to become the first player to hold all four slam titles since Rod Laver in 1969.
Djokovic started like a freight train, pummelling his opponent in the opening exchanges. The Serb extracted an immediate break, but Murray hit back straight away as Djokovic's forehand began to break down. Accurate serving and aggressive controlled baseline play brought another break and Murray surged into a 4-1 lead.
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