Double delight for Andy Murray as Sherlock fist-pump follows Wimbledon victory

Once the immediate euphoria of winning Wimbledon for a second time had subsided, the tears flowing down Andy Murray's face bore testament to the sheer relief surging through his body.

Since Roger Federer won the first of his 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2003, 45 of the following 52 majors have been claimed by the sport's pre-eminent forces - Murray, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The sixth-seeded Raonic is bidding to become the first player representing Canada to win a Grand Slam title.

Murray, a 29-year-old from Scotland, long dealt with the expectations that accompanied being Britain's best chance to find a male champion to succeed Fred Perry, who last won the grass-court tournament in 1936. I've had some great moments here and some tough losses.

"I've had some great moments but also some tough losses and this win feels extra special because of the tough losses", Murray said moments after spotting his name on the gilded surface of the Challenge Cup.

Raonic did himself proud in his first major final.

He says Raonic's success is part of a move made by Tennis Canada to develop players.

Murray took 50 of 65 points he served across the first two sets, not only never facing so much as a break point in that span but only once being taken to deuce.

"He definitely deserved and earned to win this tournament", said the 25-year-old.

Speaking at the trophy presentation, Murray said: "I'll make sure I enjoy this one tonight for sure". "There's nothing I want more than to be back here". "He is one of the hardest workers out there, always trying to improve and get better".

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And when the pressure was on in the second and third set tiebreaks, Murray simply overwhelmed the Canadian.

Murray's victory was a welcome bit of hometown sports pride for the United Kingdom in the wake of Brexit drama and the men's national team's loss to Iceland in the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

"I think the last three months, since Monte-Carlo, have been some of the best I've played in terms of consistency".

The Thornhill, Ont., product lost in straight sets to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final Sunday in the first major singles championship match to feature a Canadian man.

In the era of super-coaches, Raonic has the luxury of relying on not one, but two former grand slam champions in the shape of Carlos Moya and three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe. "I'm going to try to get fitter, stronger", he said. "There are a lot of good guys around but he's going to have a few good years ahead of him".

"I tried to put the things together", Raonic said. "There's not one thing that I'm not going to try to improve", he added.

"Serving was not great but for me every time he's serving depends on how he's returning".

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