The Wimbledon 2016 final between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic witnessed legends of the game like Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg watch the match from the stands. These former stars, along with the full house crowd, were treated to a spectacle by the Scot, who won his second Wimbledon title by defeating the sixth seed in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2).
The Scot had tears in his eyes, after winning his third Grand Slam title. Murray was determined to win this major as he had finished runner-up in the last two Grand Slams of 2016 -- the Australian Open and French Open -- and he came up with some quality tennis to emerge victorious.
"This is the most important tournament for me every year. I've had some great moments here and also some tough losses. The wins feel extra special because of the tough losses. I'm proud to have my hands on the trophy again," ATP's official website quoted Murray as saying.
"I played really good stuff. Milos has had a great few weeks on the grass and had some unbelievable wins. His match against Roger (Federer) in the semis was a great, great match. He is one of the hardest workers out there, always trying to improve and get better."
It was a flawless performance from the Scot, who looked strong in all departments of the game. He showed his range of shots from the baseline, be that crosscourt winners or incredible passes down the line. Murray also showed why he is consdiered the best returner in the game, producing some brilliant ones to lessen the threat posed by Raonic's serve, which is said to be one of the most dangerous in the game. Even when the Canadian delivered a serve of 147mph, the Scot replied back with similar venom.
In fact, Murray also served brilliantly, holding his serve comfortably throughout the entire length of the match. Raonic threw everything at him, and the Scot had his answers ready. When Raonic looked a threat for Murray, with the Candian playing some quality serve and volley tennis, the second seed pushed his opponent back with some deep strokes. He executed his plans to perfection.
Despite the loss, Raonic can take heart from his splendid performance in Wimbledon 2016, including a sensational win over Federer in the semifinals. The Canadian hopes to come back next year and play in another Wimbledon final.
"It's a difficult challenge. Andy's playing great and deserves to win here for a second time. This one's going to sting. So I'm going to make sure I do everything I can to be back here for another chance," Raonic said.