Murray ready to dodge Raonic bullets in final showdown

Sat Jul 9, 2016 10:56am EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Since Andy Murray's memory is as razor sharp as his service returns, he will not have forgotten the parting shot he received from Milos Raonic when they last played.

"Next time I’m going to try to serve through him!” the Canadian sharp shooter warned.

Three weeks after losing a three-set tussle to Murray at Queen's Club, Raonic will get a chance to execute his plan as the two clash in Sunday's Wimbledon final.

Over the past fortnight, anyone brave enough to stand in Raonic's firing line has been flatted by a series of 140 mph missiles.

The man with the golden arm tops the list for aces (137) and fastest serve (144 mph) at this year's tournament after he pole-axed Roger Federer for the first time in a major to became the first Canadian man to reach a grand slam final.

Now the sixth seed wants to make sure all his hard work does not unravel in the final as he faces a rival who he called tennis's "premier workaholic".

"The biggest challenge for me, (is not to get) sucked into his game," said the 25-year-old, who trails Murray 3-6 in head-to-head meetings.

"Andy will 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."   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 9/7/16 Great Britain's Andy Murray during a practice session REUTERS/Toby Melville