Milos Raonic sends warning message to Andy Murray ahead of Wimbledon final

by Dwayne Torres July 13, 2016, 4:01

Milos Raonic is the first Canadian to ever make the men's final at a grand slam tournament, but he finds himself sitting as a big underdog on the betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for his Wimbledon clash with the favoured Andy Murray on Sunday.

Raonic became the first Canadian man to ever reach the finals of a Grand Slam event.

Raonic got there in impressive fashion, beating Swiss superstar Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinal on Friday.

If Raonic thought the fans were behind Federer, it will be even louder for Murray, the Scotsman.

The 34-year-old, who has undergone knee surgery and suffered with back problems this season, took a slip against Raonic and hurt his knee.

They will look to keep him grounded, but Raonic can not ignore what awaits him, and the chance to lay a claim on being the leader of a new generation of players.

Curtis pins his belief on the searing second serves that Raonic has been slinging down at Wimbledon, never mind the 140mph-plus first deliveries.

He also addressed the injury he suffered in the fifth set, slipping as he reached out to combat one of Raonic's strong forehands. They recently met at the Queen's Club Wimbledon warm-up tournament in London and Murray prevailed 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3.

The moment Curtis set eyes on Raonic that day was one of epiphany.

Federer lauded the development of Raonic - nine years his junior - after that match, and rightly so, as this has been Raonic's best year to date and, on Sunday night, could become the year he wins his first grand slam. Neither player was able to break during the second frame.

Murray won the first set 6-4. Federer survived 8 aces from the big serving Canadian during he third set.

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Berdych fought to the end, but the World No. 9 did not force a single break point in the deciding set.

Before the fifth set started, Federer had a trainer massage his right thigh.

Roger Federer lost the semifinal match against Milos Raonic in five sets.

Raonic, by contrast, is preparing for his maiden final at the highest level, having produced a stunning performance to defeat Federer in the last four. Really?! - while getting broken to drop the fourth set. Do you mind? If you need, I'll sort of request to call another match.

The first chink in Raonic's armour came in the seventh game when Murray went 15-40 ahead. "I think it was definitely a good two weeks, which definitely show me that that's the way to do it, that's the way to go and that's really positive signs for my second half of the year". "That's going to be the most important thing for me".

"By being more vocal, it helps me stay relaxed in long matches and not feel worn out".

"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.

Instead of being his usual outspoken, unbiased self calling the shots for TV on Centre Court, the American tennis great will be acting as a third wheel giving insight into Milos Raonic's game because he is now part of the Canadian player's coaching team.

He added: "I don't think it's a coincidence I've won with him and now have another chance".

Second-seeded Murray, the 2013 champion from Scotland, beat 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in less than two hours to reach Sunday's final for the third time.

Another tennis masterclass from Andy Murray. To get to play in front of a home crowd in a grand slam final is very, very rare.


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