Andy Murray, Milos Raonic Look to Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe For Wimbledon Glory

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Andy Murray will be gunning for his second Wimbledon crown as he prepares to take on Milos Raonic.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1Andy Murray is aiming for his second Wimbledon title
  • 2Murray is coached by Ivan Lendl
  • 3Raonic, playing his maiden Grand Slam final, is coached by John McEnroe

Andy Murray targets a second Wimbledon title Sunday when he faces big-serving Milos Raonic, but super coaches Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe could be the key players.

World number two Murray is looking to add this year’s All England Club crown to his 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles, both of which were won when Lendl was first working with the 29-year-old.

“I do think it helps. I do think in these situations it can make a difference,” said Murray as he analysed the influence of Lendl who won eight majorsin his own playing career although never triumphed at Wimbledon.

“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. That’s why I think we’ve been a good team. I think we both trust each other.”

Murray reunited with Lendl this summer after they went their separate ways after two years together in 2014.

Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final, teamed up with McEnroe just for the grass court season.

While Lendl has been stony-faced in the player’s box, McEnroe has been splitting his time between Raonic’s needs and his own long-standing TV commitments.

When Raonic stunned Roger Federer in the semi-finals, McEnroe was calling the match for the BBC from the commentary box on Centre Court.

“At the end of the day, I get to win Wimbledon. Who cares?” said 25-year-old Raonic when asked if he was concerned over McEnroe’s media obligations.

TV work

Murray finds himself in the unusual position of favourite to lift the title on Sunday as he chases a third career Grand Slam crown.

It will be the first Wimbledon final since 2002 not to feature Novak Djokovic, Federer or Rafael Nadal.

It will also be Murray’s first final from 11 at the majors where he hasn’t faced either Djokovic or Federer against whom he has lost eight times.

But the second seed won’t underestimate Raonic who reached the final by coming from two sets to one down to defeat seven-time champion Federer.

“Milos is a very tough opponent. 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.”

Djokovic, who beat Murray in the Australian and French Open finals this year, was knocked out in the third round of Wimbledon, his earliest exit at a major in seven years.

Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, never made the starting line because of a wrist injury.

Having faced Djokovic in seven major finals and Federer, who beat the Scot in his first Wimbledon final in 2012, in the other three, Murray will take a 6-3 lead in his head to head record with Raonic into the final.

He will be buoyed by defeating the 25-year-old on grass three weeks ago in the Queen’s Club final, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3.

Murray also came back from two sets to one down to beat the big Canadian in the semi-finals in the Australian Open in January.

Raonic packs the fastest serve of the tournament so far, sending down a 144mph (231.7km/h) ace early in the semi-final against Federer.

He saved eight of nine break points in that tie and boasts a tournament-leading 137 aces.

Raonic has been taken the distance on two occasions at this Wimbledon — against Federer and coming back from two sets to love down to beat David Goffin in the third round.

“Andy is one of the premier workaholics,” said Raonic who was a beaten semi-finalist in 2014.

“I think Andy tries to 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.”

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Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber Reveals Steffi Graf Inspiration For Title Bid

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Angelique Kerber, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, reached her first Wimbledon final.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf for her Wimbledon title bid
  • 2Kerber beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals
  • 3Kerber will face defending champion Serena Williams in the final

London: Angelique Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf has inspired her challenge to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 20 years.

Kerber faces defending champion Serena Williams in Saturday’s title match after defeating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, has reached her first All England Club final, two decades after German great Graf lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish for the seventh and last time.

Kerber was only eight when Graf defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the 1996 final, but she recalls seeing many of her matches on television and has since sought out more of her classic victories on YouTube.

So when Graf, who won 22 major titles, agreed to practice with Kerber and share some of her secrets it was a dream come true for the girl from Bremen.

“She was always an idol for me. I was always watching a lot of matches, also on YouTube sometimes. She was one of the best players in the world. She won so many Grand Slams,” Kerber said.

“I met her few times. She’s a great person. When you hit with her, she’s still playing really well.

“Of course, when you talk with her, it’s always a great honour.

“She just told me the last time that I’m on a good way, just believe in yourself, practice hard. She was really believing in me.

“I know that 20 years ago she won here the last time. Of course, I will try to be the next one to win here after Steffi.”

Final dream

Until Kerber’s run this year, Sabine Lisicki in 2013 was the only German woman to make the Wimbledon final and she ended in tears after being thrashed by Marion Bartoli.

Kerber, in her second major title match, hopes to avoid a similar fate as she strives to emulate her shock victory over Serena in the Australian Open final.

“I think for sure I will go out there with a lot of confidence,” Kerber said

“I’m, of course, excited to be in the Wimbledon final right now. That was always a dream for me to be one day on the Centre Court and playing the final.

“It’s a little bit different than in Australia because that was my first Grand Slam final.

“Here I know what happen afterwards. I’m a little bit more relaxed than there.”

Having beaten one Williams, the fourth seeded Kerber has set her sights on becoming the first player to defeat both of the American siblings in the same Grand Slam since Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.

Kerber has raced through her six matches at Wimbledon without dropping a set, now has WTA tour-best 34 match wins in 2016 and is guaranteed to rise to a career-high second in the world rankings next week.

But she knows Serena will be in determined mood as she bids to win a seventh Wimbledon title and equal Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam crowns.

“It’s a completely new match. We are playing on grass court,” Kerber said.

“She lost the final against me and I know she will go out and try everything to beat me.

“Like in Australia, I will try to show her, okay, I’m here to win the match, as well.

“I know I have to play my best tennis to beat her.”

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Andy Murray, Milos Raonic Look to Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe For Wimbledon Glory

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Andy Murray will be gunning for his second Wimbledon crown as he prepares to take on Milos Raonic.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1Andy Murray is aiming for his second Wimbledon title
  • 2Murray is coached by Ivan Lendl
  • 3Raonic, playing his maiden Grand Slam final, is coached by John McEnroe

Andy Murray targets a second Wimbledon title Sunday when he faces big-serving Milos Raonic, but super coaches Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe could be the key players.

World number two Murray is looking to add this year’s All England Club crown to his 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles, both of which were won when Lendl was first working with the 29-year-old.

“I do think it helps. I do think in these situations it can make a difference,” said Murray as he analysed the influence of Lendl who won eight majorsin his own playing career although never triumphed at Wimbledon.

“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. That’s why I think we’ve been a good team. I think we both trust each other.”

Murray reunited with Lendl this summer after they went their separate ways after two years together in 2014.

Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final, teamed up with McEnroe just for the grass court season.

While Lendl has been stony-faced in the player’s box, McEnroe has been splitting his time between Raonic’s needs and his own long-standing TV commitments.

When Raonic stunned Roger Federer in the semi-finals, McEnroe was calling the match for the BBC from the commentary box on Centre Court.

“At the end of the day, I get to win Wimbledon. Who cares?” said 25-year-old Raonic when asked if he was concerned over McEnroe’s media obligations.

TV work

Murray finds himself in the unusual position of favourite to lift the title on Sunday as he chases a third career Grand Slam crown.

It will be the first Wimbledon final since 2002 not to feature Novak Djokovic, Federer or Rafael Nadal.

It will also be Murray’s first final from 11 at the majors where he hasn’t faced either Djokovic or Federer against whom he has lost eight times.

But the second seed won’t underestimate Raonic who reached the final by coming from two sets to one down to defeat seven-time champion Federer.

“Milos is a very tough opponent. 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.”

Djokovic, who beat Murray in the Australian and French Open finals this year, was knocked out in the third round of Wimbledon, his earliest exit at a major in seven years.

Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, never made the starting line because of a wrist injury.

Having faced Djokovic in seven major finals and Federer, who beat the Scot in his first Wimbledon final in 2012, in the other three, Murray will take a 6-3 lead in his head to head record with Raonic into the final.

He will be buoyed by defeating the 25-year-old on grass three weeks ago in the Queen’s Club final, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3.

Murray also came back from two sets to one down to beat the big Canadian in the semi-finals in the Australian Open in January.

Raonic packs the fastest serve of the tournament so far, sending down a 144mph (231.7km/h) ace early in the semi-final against Federer.

He saved eight of nine break points in that tie and boasts a tournament-leading 137 aces.

Raonic has been taken the distance on two occasions at this Wimbledon — against Federer and coming back from two sets to love down to beat David Goffin in the third round.

“Andy is one of the premier workaholics,” said Raonic who was a beaten semi-finalist in 2014.

“I think Andy tries to 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.”

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Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber Reveals Steffi Graf Inspiration For Title Bid

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Angelique Kerber, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, reached her first Wimbledon final.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf for her Wimbledon title bid
  • 2Kerber beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals
  • 3Kerber will face defending champion Serena Williams in the final

London: Angelique Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf has inspired her challenge to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 20 years.

Kerber faces defending champion Serena Williams in Saturday’s title match after defeating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, has reached her first All England Club final, two decades after German great Graf lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish for the seventh and last time.

Kerber was only eight when Graf defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the 1996 final, but she recalls seeing many of her matches on television and has since sought out more of her classic victories on YouTube.

So when Graf, who won 22 major titles, agreed to practice with Kerber and share some of her secrets it was a dream come true for the girl from Bremen.

“She was always an idol for me. I was always watching a lot of matches, also on YouTube sometimes. She was one of the best players in the world. She won so many Grand Slams,” Kerber said.

“I met her few times. She’s a great person. When you hit with her, she’s still playing really well.

“Of course, when you talk with her, it’s always a great honour.

“She just told me the last time that I’m on a good way, just believe in yourself, practice hard. She was really believing in me.

“I know that 20 years ago she won here the last time. Of course, I will try to be the next one to win here after Steffi.”

Final dream

Until Kerber’s run this year, Sabine Lisicki in 2013 was the only German woman to make the Wimbledon final and she ended in tears after being thrashed by Marion Bartoli.

Kerber, in her second major title match, hopes to avoid a similar fate as she strives to emulate her shock victory over Serena in the Australian Open final.

“I think for sure I will go out there with a lot of confidence,” Kerber said

“I’m, of course, excited to be in the Wimbledon final right now. That was always a dream for me to be one day on the Centre Court and playing the final.

“It’s a little bit different than in Australia because that was my first Grand Slam final.

“Here I know what happen afterwards. I’m a little bit more relaxed than there.”

Having beaten one Williams, the fourth seeded Kerber has set her sights on becoming the first player to defeat both of the American siblings in the same Grand Slam since Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.

Kerber has raced through her six matches at Wimbledon without dropping a set, now has WTA tour-best 34 match wins in 2016 and is guaranteed to rise to a career-high second in the world rankings next week.

But she knows Serena will be in determined mood as she bids to win a seventh Wimbledon title and equal Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam crowns.

“It’s a completely new match. We are playing on grass court,” Kerber said.

“She lost the final against me and I know she will go out and try everything to beat me.

“Like in Australia, I will try to show her, okay, I’m here to win the match, as well.

“I know I have to play my best tennis to beat her.”

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