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What a day of sport Sunday is set to be. While the evening’s entertainment comes from France as Euro 2016 comes to a climax, the afternoon’s action takes place at SW19 as British No.1 looks to clinch his second Wimbledon crown by beating Montenegro-born Canadian Milos Raonic on Centre Court.
Having seen Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer fall before the final, the world number two will be fully expected to get his hands back on a trophy he first won in 2013. But sixth seed Raonic won’t go down without a fight.
It should be one hell of a final.
It seems incredible to think that Murray hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since his first Wimbledon triumph, but the 29-year-old is now right on track to lift his third career Slam.
Despite the lack of a trophy, Murray has been brilliant over the last three years, battling back from back injuries to reach no less than six semi-finals since his last crown. Meanwhile, Sunday’s showdown will be his fourth final in that period too – and will be his best shot at lifting another title.
Murray dragged Britain to the Davis Cup title last year and beating Raonic would provide just rewards on an individual basis too. Having already beaten the Canadian at the Australian Open and Queens final this year, confidence should be high.
It won’t be a stroll in the park, but Murray has bulldozed his way to this stage. Nobody will expect him to fall at this final hurdle.
Raonic To Join Tennis Elite?
The 25-year-old has been on the cusp of challenging the sport’s top stars for a few years now, but Sunday’s final will be his first on the Grand Slam’s biggest stage.
Avoiding a quarter-final with Djokovic allowed Raonic to go a little under the radar until Friday’s semi-final win over Federer, where he exacted revenge on a 2014 semi defeat. However, the resilience shown there suggests that the underdog won’t crumble like some of Murray’s previous challengers – Nick Kyrgios anyone?
Raonic’s record against Murray isn’t brilliant but he has won three of nine encounters, although both five-set matches have gone in favour of the Brit. But with nothing to fear, the shock finalist should be free to play his own game undeterred.
Whether that’ll be enough to overcome is another question altogether.
Andy Murray V Milos Raonic Betting
Predictably, it’s Murray who enters the final as overwhelming favourite at 1/4 with Bet365 while Raonic can be backed at 3/1.
Murray should clinch his third Grand Slam title, and he should do it well. A 3-1 win would be our guess, but we’re actually turning our attentions to the games handicap. Even if it does go five sets, the Brit has far better hopes of winning an individual set by three or four games; if Raonic does win one, it’s likely to be on a tie-break.
With this in mind, Murray -4.5 games looks very capable. As a chance to double your money, it has to be worth a punt.
Andy Murray -4.5 games @ Evens with Paddy Power