Andy Murray vs. Milos Raonic Wimbledon final: All you need to know

LONDON -- Andy Murray should have more of the Wimbledon Centre Court crowd's backing to himself after the universally popular Roger Federer was eliminated from the tournament by Milos Raonic on Friday.

But will everything else go the British favourite's way in the final on Sunday (9 a.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN) or will his big-serving Canadian opponent wreck his bid for a second title at The Championships? Here's everything you need to know about the finalists:

Route to the final

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Andy Murray has made 11 Grand Slam finals, more than any other British man.


1st round: Liam Broady 6-2, 6-3, 6-4; 2nd round: Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2, 6-1; 3rd round: John Millman 6-3, 7-5, 6-2; 4th round: Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-1, 6-4; Quarterfinal: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1; Semifinal: Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

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Milos Raonic has now beaten Roger Federer three times in 12 meetings.


1st round: Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4; 2nd round: Andreas Seppi 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2; 3rd round: Jack Sock 7-6 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (1); 4th round: David Goffin 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; Quarterfinal: Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4; Seminfinal: Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Their biggest strengths


The world No. 2 should expect few chances on Raonic's serve, as the Canadian has hit more aces (137) than anyone at Wimbledon this year as well as the tournament's fastest serve at 144 mph. The quality of his second serve has been impressive, too, with his average speed, 113 mph, only 4 mph slower than Murray's average first-serve speed.

Luckily for the 29-year-old Scot, one of his strengths at these championships has been his aggressive returning tactic on second serves. The graphic below shows he has taken 98 percent of them from inside the baseline, some nearly 3 metres in.

Murray's approach of closing in on the traditionally weaker serve has won him the point 64 percent of the time, which is significantly higher than the tournament average (48 percent).

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Andy Murray has taken a very aggressive approach to returning second serves.

*Graphic courtesy of Hawk-Eye Innovations


The 6-seed has used the backhand slice to great effect throughout The Championships, the graphic below showing he has chosen it 63 percent of the time and hasn't been afraid of employing it right across the court.

Sliced shots stay low on grass, making it tougher for opponents to hit aggressive passing strokes, and Raonic has used them offensively, too, to allow him to get to the net more effectively. Anything that has made it easier for him to get forward has been beneficial, as he has won 67 percent of the points he has played at the net. 

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Milos Raonic's backhand shots have stayed flat and given his opponents little to work with.

*Graphic courtesy of Hawk-Eye Innovations

Career head-to-head

Wimbledon head-to-head

Their views on the final


"Wimbledon for a lot of the players, but [especially] for British players growing up, is the biggest competition. To get to play in front of a home crowd in a Grand Slam final is very, very rare. There are not many players that get the opportunity to do that. This one always feels a little bit more special."


"Andy is one of the premier workaholics. He's given himself a lot of opportunity through that. He tries to sort of get you doing a lot of different things: He'll try to throw you off, give you some slower balls, some harder balls, all these kinds of things. My goal is to keep him away from that, play it on my terms, be aggressive, not hesitate."

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