Murray to make history with fifth Queen’s Club triumph over Raonic
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | June 18, 2016
Andy Murray v Milos Raonic
- ATP AEGON Championships singles final
- Queen’s Club, West Kensington, London
- Sunday, June 19th
- Scheduled on court: 14:15 BST
- Live on BBC One
Murray meets Raonic for Queen’s crown
Andy Murray is on the verge of making history at the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club, with Coral making the Great Britain number one and ATP world number two an odds-on 3/10 favourite for an unprecedented fifth title in West Kensington.
Scotland’s finest faces Canadian representative Milos Roanic, who is a 5/2 outsider to upset the home darling in London having lost the last four battles.
Recent head-to-head history is totally against Raonic, who has roots in Montenegro, but this is his maiden meeting with Murray on grass. He last beat the Brit in 2014 at Indian Wells.
Three sets looks likely
A traditional preparatory event for Wimbledon, Queen’s Club is a title Murray has lifted in alternate years since 2009, but that pattern shall surely end here as the Briton is in pole position to retain his title.
To his credit, big-hitting Raonic pushed Murray to the limit in the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year, though the Scot came through in five sets.
Queen’s is the best of three, however, yet this battle going the distance with Murray winning 2-1 looks likely at a fantastic 5/2.
Having needed three sets to win both his quarter-final fixture with compatriot Kyle Edmund and semi encounter with fellow seed Marin Cilic, Murray is far from misfiring, but can be granted a wobble.
Repeat of Raonic rout not on the cards
Punters should be prepared to ignore the rout of Raonic on clay in Monte Carlo when these last two met, because of how marked Murray’s improvement on that surface has been.
Rampant Raonic has only dropped one set at Queen’s, and that to the mercurial talent of Nick Kyrgios on a tiebreak during a rain-delayed match at the start of the week.
For those of you after a longer punt, three of the last four second sets between Murray and Raonic have ended 7-5 in the former’s favour and terrific 12/1 odds say that will be the exact scoreline again.
Over 2.5 sets occurring in their battle is an attractive 11/8, while it’s odds-on at 4/11 that there is a tiebreak in the match.
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Coral’s top tip: Murray to beat Raonic 2-1 is a fine 5/2 price.