As your occasional tennis correspondent we can’t let today pass without recording the achievement of Andy Murray. While not being as extraordinary as his first, this surely puts the seal on a stellar carer in which he has made the very most of his talents. To win three slams in the era of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer is more than anyone else has managed.
He coped with the favourite tag really well. That brings its own sort of pressure. Raonic didn’t play at all badly – losing just one break of serve, but Murray showed some pretty incredible focus in the two tie breaks which decided the match. Unlike Federer in the semi, Murray kept his own serve up and was able to not let Raonic exert the pressure of his nuclear serve under which Federer succumbed so badly in the fifth.
It wasn’t a classic match, going as did almost completely with serve. What stood out was Murray’s amazing resilience, running and ability from way out wide or behind the base line not just to keep the ball in, but to return with speed and angle that were too much for Raonic. As much son would say, Athleti » Continue Reading.