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Murray's return vs Raonic's serve

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Milos Raonic of Canada

LONDON (AP):

Milos Raonic is as good a server as there is in tennis nowadays.

Andy Murray is one of the top returners.

How that matchup plays out in the Wimbledon final today (8 a.m. Ja time on ESPN) could go a long way in determining who wins the championship.

The sixth-seeded Raonic heads into the first Grand Slam title match of his career - and the first for a man representing Canada - having won 116 of his 121 service games (96 per cent) across six matches.

"Obviously," said Murray, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, "Milos has got a fantastic serve."

Raonic, who added John McEnroe to his coaching staff ahead of the grass-court portion of this season, has hit 154 aces, averaging 25.5 per match. He's faced only 27 break points, saving 22.

In his five-set victory over Roger Federer in the semi-finals, Raonic saved eight of nine break points.

Not only did the 6-foot-5 Raonic repeatedly top 140 mph in that match, he went as high as 144 mph more than once, and his average first serve of 129 mph was faster than Federer's best offering of 126 mph.