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Tennis: Murray beats Raonic to claim second Wimbledon title

Reuters, Sunday 10 Jul 2016
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Great Britain's Andy Murray kisses the trophy as he celebrates winning the mens singles final against Canada's Milos Raonic (Reuters)
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Britain's Andy Murray claimed his second Wimbledon title with a clinical 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2) defeat of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Centre Court on Sunday.

The world number two, champion in 2013, was in control throughout the two hour 48 minute contest as sixth seed Raonic's power game made little impact on the 29-year-old Scot.

Murray took the opening set after a break of serve in the seventh game but was taken to a tiebreak in the second -- winning it comfortably as he raised his game.

Raonic, bidding to become Canada's first grand slam singles champion, had his first break points of the match at 2-2 in the third set but Murray snuffed out the danger, letting out a huge roar after winning game point.

Twice Raonic held serve to stay in the match, at 4-5 and 5-6, but Murray again upped the ante in the tiebreak, winning the first five points as he surged towards victory.

Raonic saved one match point but Murray wrapped it up when he forced the Canadian to net a backhand.

After consoling his opponent Murray, who also won the 2012 U.S. Open, sank his head into his towel with tears in his eyes.

Murray's win was his third grand slam title and meant he avoided becoming the first man to lose in the final of the first three majors of the year in the professional era -- having succumbed to Novak Djokovic in Australia and France.

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