It was an historic final weekend at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
On Saturday, Serena Williams won her 22nd Major title and in the process tied the Open era record set by Steffi Graf. Then, only a few hours later, Serena went on to claim the women’s doubles title with her older sister, Venus. Serena proved what an all-round champion she really is, and is without a doubt one of the greatest athletes of all time.
In the men’s single final on Sunday, Andy Murray defeated Milos Raonic to claim his first major since 2013 much to the delight of his family, team and the entire United Kingdom.
I was really impressed with the way in which Murray came out and took care of business. (This was actually the first time in 12 Grand Slam final appearances that the Scot didn’t have to face either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic in the final).
I know from experience that it’s not always easy approaching matches where you are the resounding favorite. There are certain expectations that you place on yourself, and those can become a hindrance to an exceptional performance.
However, outside of one mysterious outburst at the end of the second set, Murray seemed purposeful and determined throughout the match. Murray stuck to his game plan and executed it really well. He was aggressive on his own service games and didn’t allow Raonic to impose himself. Murray only faced two break points the whole match and he saved both.
Murray also put himself in a position to be dangerous in a lot of games on the return. Even though there was only one break of serve in the entire match, he created chances and put plenty of pressure on Raonic. I believe some of this pressure helped Murray win both tie-breakers comfortably.
Despite only losing his service game once in the whole match, Raonic only served eight aces. Statistically, that is a very low number for the Canadian, which illustrates just how well Murray anticipates and moves, especially when returning serve.
Another unusual statistic was that Raonic won a higher percentage of points on his second serve than he did on his first serve. That indicates that the Canadian was doing a very good job of mixing up his second serve, from the higher bouncing kicker to serves in excess of 120mph.
With his latest Wimbledon win, Murray has closed the gap on Djokovic in the race to finish the year ranked as world No 1. It serves to make the US summer hard court tournament swing very interesting.
Raonic, meanwhile, has clearly established himself as the best No 3 player in the world this year and he will look to continue his great form.
Personally, it was a tough grass court season for me, but there were some positives to build upon. The biggest plus is that I finally feel my body is fit again which, as an athlete, is so important.
I have started my preparations for the summer and have been at my home base in Florida training on the hard courts in the heat and humidity. I have a busy summer schedule in the offing, starting in Washington DC next week.
The schedule this year is very different to normal owing to the upcoming Rio Olympics. After DC, I head to Toronto followed by Atlanta and then I have a week off. Following my training week, I will play in the Cincinnati Masters, Winston Salem and finally, of course, the US Open.
I post all my results to my official Facebook page I hope you will follow along! You can also connect with me on Twitter (@kevinanderson18). Want to join me in my training camp this summer? Check out our online courses and train alongside me and my former coach GD Jones.