Sat, Jul 9, 12:22pm by Staff Writer
Milos Raonic upset Roger Federer in the semifinals and he’ll not only play in his first grand slam final, but he’s the first Canadian man to make the final of a tennis Grand Slam. He’ll face Andy Murray who will be playing in his third Wimbledon final – he won the Wimbledon title back in 2013.
How did Raonic and Murray make it to the men’s final at Wimbledon?
Raonic: Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-4 (R128), Andreas Seppi 7-6 (5) 6-4 6-2 (R64), Jack Sock 7-6 (2) 6-4 7-6 (1) (R32), David Goffin 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 (R16), Sam Querrey 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4 (QF) and Roger Federer 6-3 6-7 (3) 4-6 7-5 6-3 (SF).
Murray: Liam Broady 6-2 6-3 6-4 (R128), Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-2 6-1 (R64), John Millman 6-3 7-5 6-2 (R32), Nick Krygios 7-5 6-1 6-4 (R16), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (10) 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1 (QF) and Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3 6-3 (SF).
Is Raonic going to be able to bounce back after a five-set thriller against Federer? Emotions were running high and I believe the Canadian will come out flat in the finals. Murray matches up very well with Raonic as well. Plus, Murray will come into the match with way more finals experience than his opponent.
Both players have powerful serves and Raonic could frustrate Murray is his service game is on point, but Murray has an incredible return game. If he can return a large percentage of Raonic’s serves, he’ll likely be able to close this match out in straight sets, as Raonic won’t have much left in the tank.
Murray only has a 6-3 head-to-head record against Raonic, but he has won the last five matches and three of those matches ended in straight sets. They recently played on the grass in the Queen’s final and Murray won the match in three sets (6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3). Both players know what to expect out of each other.
Murray is a $1.29 favourite to win the match at William Hill, while Raonic is priced at $3.80 (Sportsbet). I can’t imagine Raonic winning a five-set match against Murray – something he has never done. As long as the Scotsman comes out firing winners in the opening set, he’ll cruise to his second Wimbledon title.
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