Milos Raonic makes history as first Canadian man to reach Wimbledon final

Milos Raonic makes history as first Canadian man to reach Wimbledon final

Murray has won six of his last eight matches against Raonic and former British number one Tim Henman, who reached the last four at Wimbledon four times in his career, believes the Briton is ready to capitalise.

Andy Murray booked his place in the Wimbledon final with a stunning straight sets win over Tomas Berdych, and will now face Milos Raonic in Sunday's showpiece.

The Centre Court crowd are used to being put through the mill by the world number two at this stage of the tournament, but he was simply far too good for the 10th seed and eased to a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory. He remains tied with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (who played in the 1800s) with seven titles at Wimbledon, most recently in 2012, and was the runner-up to Djokovic the past two years.

The moment a nation had been waiting 77 years for arrived as Murray survived a titanic last game to defeat Djokovic again and succeed Fred Perry as a home men's singles champion at Wimbledon.

Service breaks were relatively rare in the match as the tall, powerful Raonic hit 23 aces and Federer had 16 of his own.

While Murray sailed through against Berdych in one hour and 58 minutes, Raonic spent three hours and 25 minutes coming through an emotionally draining encounter with Federer.

Serving to get to a tiebreaker at 6-5 in the fourth set, Federer went up 40-love. He was quoted saying by BBC: "I can't believe I served a double fault twice".

The Canadian, who has been working with John McEnroe this summer, showed his mettle against Roger Federer on Friday as he came from behind to beat the Swiss master in five. I was able to really dictate the game and play aggressive.

"The biggest challenge for me, which I felt was the thing I want to happen the least, or repeat itself the least from Queen's, is I got sucked into his game", Raonic said.

Serena, 34, and Venus, 36, last won the Wimbledon doubles tournament in 2012.

Federer is trying to win a record eighth Wimbledon title, while Raonic is looking for his first.

Raonic will be playing in his first-ever Grand Slam final.

He lost in the Wimbledon final the past two years to Novak Djokovic, who was ousted in the third round this year by Sam Querrey.

Raonic served first and third, and leads Federer 2-1 on Centre Court. "But I helped him so much to get back".

That Murray is now seventh on the list for most all-time wins at the All England Club is evidence, were any needed, that he deserves to be remembered as one of the game's greats.

"With the body that's been playing up this year, I just hope I'm going to be fine".

Mr Cross said: "I think his returning was incredible".

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