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Andy Murray is entering his third Wimbledon final as the favourite for the first time. Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty ImagesWilliams sisters win doubles final
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London: Despite the slightly excessive attention on the so-called tennis “super-coaches'” Andy Murray does not see Sunday’s Wimbledon final as John McEnroe (Milos Raonic) versus Ivan Lendl (Murray). Any more than last year’s was between Becker (Novak Djokovic) and Stefan Edberg (Roger Federer). Players play, and win or lose; legends merely advise, support, and occasionally self-promote.

The still-active legends who will not be at the All England Club on Sunday may, in some respects, be more relevant to the result. For the first time in his 11 grand slam finals, Murray will not be playing either Djokovic or Federer. The Serb, to Murray’s certain – if resolutely private – relief, was beaten by Sam Querrey in the third round; Federer tipped out by Raonic in a five-set semi after a serving day McEnroe described as “monumental”.

Thus, something new for Murray is something different for tennis. Canada has its first man in a major final, as at least one of the decorated Fed-Djoker duo has featured in the past six. At the All England Club, the 29-slam-winning pair contested the past two, Djokovic claiming both.

Murray, the 2013 champion and 2012 runner-up is entering his third Wimbledon final as the favourite for the first time, while Raonic is arriving in a grand slam decider for the first time. Ever. “You never know how anyone’s going to deal with the pressures of a slam final,” said Murray, 29, who lost five of his first six and has only won two of 10. “There’s a little bit more riding on the match. That’s what makes these events special.”

But, however well Raonic competed and persevered to get to this one, what an opportunity for the second seed on his home court. “The truth is Murray, pretty much from the beginning of the event has been playing better than anyone and when [Djokovic] lost, a lot of guys’ eyes lit up,” McEnroe said.”Murray doesn’t have to play Djokovic, he’s playing Raonic. Ask him if he’d take that before the tournament started? I have a feeling he’d say yes.

“I don’t think it’s a big secret that Murray’s playing better than he ever has, he’s got more confidence and I think Lendl’s [return, last month] has added that touch more belief.

“At the same time, Milos has waited for his opportunity for a long time, there’s a lot of expectations, he’s one of the few guys that’s admitted ‘I want to be the best in the world, I want to win majors’. Well, guess what, that puts more pressure on yourself, and it’s been tough for him, for a while, but here he is.

“Milos is going to have serve big, and go for it. And also the mental part, I think that’s really the key. What you saw from Milos [against Federer], which you haven’t seen much, if at all, in the past, is how badly he wanted it and how deep he was willing to go here. And that energy was really positive.”

The pair have played nine times, including a month ago in the Queen’s Club final, which Murray won after trailing by a set and a break. Raonic, who was confident even then of a Wimbledon rematch, describes Murray as “one of the premier workaholics” in the game, who uses his variety and tactical nous as well as his endurance to suck opponents in as he wears them down.

“Andy, 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. I guess my goal is to keep him away from that, play it on my terms, be aggressive, not hesitate.”

Raonic lost to Murray in five sets in the semis of the Australian Open, and says he was playing well then, but even better now. He is stronger and more positive mentally, having invested heavily in himself through his expanded support team. The 25-year-old is fastidious about his diet, and every aspect of his preparation, his recovery from a two-sets-to-love deficit against David Goffin in the fourth round another significant turning point. “Both Carlos and John took me aside and said, ‘this can change your career at this point’,” said Raonic. “So hopefully it continues that way.”

Carlos. That would be Moya. Ah, yes, another former-No.1-as-coach; Raonic’s main man on tour, actually. The Spaniard has seen the 25-year-old grow as a player, two years after he “did not compete” against Federer in his first slam semi at Wimbledon, then played well at Melbourne Park before injury intervened in his second, against Murray, whom he trails 6-3 overall.

“It’s hard to just win the first semi-final and win the final, it’s not easy,” said Moya. “It’s part of the learning process he has to go through, he is not that patient, he really wants things to happen fast and to learn fast, but it takes a while. But he’s good on that now.”

Moya is also happy with the grasscourt expertise and the energy McEnroe brings to Team Raonic as a short-term consultant, and the sixth seed himself is not fussed that someone he has worked with for barely a month may get credit if he should make a grand slam breakthrough.

“At the end of the day,” said Canada’s first male grand slam singles finalist, “I get to win Wimbledon. Who cares?”

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