Wimbledon - "A player at the top of his game": Reaction to Murray's glorius triumph

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Andy Murray - Wimbledon 2016

Martin Samuel, in the Daily Mail, praised Murray’s path to maturity.

"This was, in one way at least, Murray’s best day, his most accomplished victory. He may regard the breakthrough Slam in New York as the most important, the first Wimbledon as the day the weight of history lifted from his shoulders, yet this is the one he will remember most clearly, the one he will luxuriate in, will have allowed to sink in and savour.

"This was the victory of a mature champion, a new dad, a player at the top of his game, who has faced down challenges and is no longer intimidated by them."

Dan King wrote in the Sun to highlight just how assured and confident his performance was yesterday.

"Now the Brit has a third Major to his name, and although this time he did not have to beat Djokovic to do it, this was right up there with his greatest career performances. A fitting way to match Fred Perry — again — in being only the second British man to win multiple titles at the All England Club since the tournament became a proper knockout affair.

"Canada, though, will have to wait for its first champion. Raonic, 25, looks like Superman but Murray was kryptonite on the green, green grass of Centre Court, robbing his opponent of all his powers in a devastating, demoralising display.

"Fair play to the world No 7, he kept fighting. But tie-breaks were also supposed to be his speciality, with 20 out of 26 won in 2016, including in the opening set of his Queen’s final loss to the Scot. Yet the British No 1 demolished him in both — playing with poise, aggression and, when needed, brilliance."

The Times' Matthew Syed was effusive over Murray, suggesting his dominance was because of the sheer array of his talents.

"It is pointless narrowing down the virtuosity of Andy Murray to one quality, whether the speed of his movement around the court, his suppleness in the lunge, those velvet hands around the net or his consistency from the back of the court, for this is a player whose essential genius consists in variety. There is nothing the Scot does that lacks wit, intricacy and cunning."

Neil McLeman captured his winning moment in the Mirror.

"The Canadian forced his first break points of the match at 2-2 but wasted both with shots into the net.

"Murray pumped his fist to the crowd after saving the second and then shouted towards his box as he won the game with another brilliant backhand passing shot down the line. It was to be Raonic’s only – and last – chance.

"The world No 2 won a second one-sided tiebreak when Raonic put a backhand into the net – and Murray threw his racquet into the crowd in celebration."

Simon Briggs, the Telegraph’s tennis correspondent, was the man to cast his success against a backdrop of a difficult British summer.

"How ironic that the man who used to be portrayed as a misery guts has become a national anti-depressant in this turbulent summer. Andy Murray’s voice might still sound like a 78rpm record played at the wrong speed – that is one thing that will never change. But his feats on the tennis court are nothing short of inspirational."

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