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Wimbledon men's final preview

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Andy Murray will be aiming to win his second Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam crown overall when he takes on Canadian big-hitter Milos Raonic in Sunday's men's final. 

The world No 2 is the first British man to reach 11 Grand Slam finals, eclipsing a record set by Fred Perry, but for the first time he will not have to beat either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.

His 11th major appearance draws him level with three greats of the game in Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, and his third slam final in a row.

After cruising to a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals he will now play first-time finalist Raonic.

He will now look to stage a repeat of the 2013 final when, a year after tearfully losing to Federer, Murray defeated Djokovic to end Perry's 77-year reign as the last home men's singles champion.

Murray has said he would "love to win it again", adding: "For British players growing up, this is the biggest competition. To get to play in front of a home crowd in a Grand Slam final is very, very rare."

Much will also be made of the battle going on off the court as well as on it, with Murray back working with Ivan Lendl, the coach who guided him to his two Slam titles, and Raonic now being helped by three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe.

"It's obviously an opportunity. I put myself in a position to try and win the event again.  It's against someone new that I'm playing against in the final," said Murray.

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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."

Having faced Djokovic in seven major finals and Federer, who beat Murray 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, and 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 has been taken the distance on two occasions - against Federer and in coming back from two sets to love down to beat David Goffin in the third round and promises to be ultra-aggressive against Murray on Sunday.

"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."

Murray is on a five-match winning run against Raonic but has found life far from straightforward against his rival this year.

He was in serious trouble in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and in the final at Queen's Club last month before turning things around.

Queen's was their first meeting on grass, and the 29-year-old from Dunblane will look to use the lessons he learned after coming from a set and a break down to win a record fifth title.

"I think it can help," Murray said. "We played a few times this year. We played on all of the surfaces. There's things that all players will do differently depending on whether they're playing on clay rather than grass.

"The thing that stands out for me was the return winner I hit on the break point at 3-1 to get back into the match. That was the turning point really.

"He hadn't lost serve the whole week. Came up with that return, the match changed from there.

"He obviously serves extremely well. He's got one of the best serves. That's why he is where he is."

Sixth seed Raonic leads the tournament on aces with 137 and has lost only five service games.

Murray, meanwhile, has won 36 per cent of return games and, when his opponent has missed his first serve, the Scot has taken the point 64 per cent of the time.

Should he manage figures like that on Sunday, he will be collecting the famous old trophy for a second time in his career.

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