LONDON (AP) — There are many reasons for Andy Murray’s second Wimbledon championship and third Grand Slam title, not least of which would be his ability to return Milos Raonic’s big serves in the final.
There was also Murray’s unrelenting court coverage.
Those dipping passing shots when Raonic charged the net.
Those clean strokes from every angle, limiting his unforced errors to merely a dozen during the 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) victory Sunday that allowed Murray to end his three-match losing streak in major finals in rather dominating fashion.
And, a cynic might point out, the chance to finally face someone other than Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer with a Grand Slam title at stake.
Murray’s mother, former British Fed Cup captain Judy, pointed to another, possibly less-apparent, explanation for her son’s success.
“He’s very good at finding a way to win when he’s not playing his best tennis. And he reads the game well,” she said during a break from the champagne celebration after sitting at Centre Court for the final. “And he’s very competitive.”
That last part dates back years and years.
“Because he’s a…