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Murray determined to enjoy second Wimbledon title more

Alfredo Watts | 10 July, 2016, 22:08

TOMAS Berdych's impressive run at Wimbledon came to an end at the hands of Andy Murray in the semi-finals on Saturday morning (AEST), and he had an extra reason to be more disappointed than normal.

Like Federer, Murray played five sets in the quarterfinals, although he took the first two sets against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, then dropped the next two, before pulling away in the last.

Murray was the defending champion at the Japan Open but lost a very close three-setter to Raonic in the semi-finals in their third meeting of the year.

Roger Federer lost in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time in his career, falling to Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Centre Court. Both traded blows on serve till 4-4, before Murray upped his game and started pulling out one return after another.

The couple were seen chatting with six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg, who won two Wimbledon titles in 1988 and 1990.

Andy Murray will contest an 11th grand slam final at Wimbledon on Sunday but for the first time he will not have to beat either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic. But, he said, ESPN avoided any perception of a conflict by keeping McEnroe out of the box calling matches involving Raonic until now.

"Also the information I get from him, the psychological help that I get from having him around, being able to chat to him at these events, before the big matches, makes a difference". "He's played very well on the grass this year and has earned his right to the final by beating one of the best, if not the best player ever at this event", said Murray. Instead of being his usual outspoken self, he will act as a third wheel, in effect, to Chris Fowler and his brother, Patrick McEnroe, giving insight into Raonic's game.

Now the big Canadian will have to wait at least one more year before getting another chance to take the biggest step at Wimbledon.

Murray won the first two sets 6-4, 7-6 (3).

He said it: "Wimbledon for a lot of the players, but for British players growing up, this is the biggest competition".

Raonic admitted the bitter taste of defeat in his first Grand Slam final would linger for a while after he failed to become the first Canadian to win a major title.

"I hope that's an advantage", said Murray when asked if his experience of playing and winning slam finals could prove significant.

While Canadians will be disappointed by Raonic's loss, McEnroe made an interesting point during the TV broadcast when he said: "Who would have thought that Canadian tennis would be above American tennis".

"The older you get, you never know how many chances you're going to get to play in Grand Slam final".

He was simply too good for Raonic.

"I didn't play on my terms".