Wimbledon 2016: Andy Murray's route to the final
By Paul Prenderville
Last Updated: 11/07/16 10:34am
Andy Murray claimed a third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, but who did he beat on his way to glory.
The British number one has not won a major since 2013, when he claimed the Wimbledon crown, losing each of his three slam finals since.
The draw is positive for him, placing him in the opposite half to the likes of Roger Federer, while nemesis Novak Djokovic has already been the victim of a shock exit. So who lies in Murray's way now, if he is to reach the final - and will he emerge victorious?
Up until the first round of Queen's last week, Murray had not faced a fellow Briton in more than 10 years, since a defeat to Tim Henman in Bangkok.
However, his first-round match against British No 6 Liam Broady was his third in the space of a fortnight, having beat British No 2 Aljaz Bedene and No 3 Kyle Edmund on his way to victory at the Aegon Championships.
And Broady went the same way as Murray completed a routine victory to open his campaign for a second Wimbledon title.
Murray was prepared for a tough test against the 32-year-old who has been in good form on grass and Lu stunned the world number two by breaking in the opening game of the match and then holding serve for a 2-0 lead.
However that was as good as it got for the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist who won just four more games in the match as Murray broke back midway through the opening set to take the lead
Murray raced through the next two sets with some fabulous tennis to seal his place in the last 32.
The 27-year-old Australian never really troubled Murray who made it through to the second week without dropping a set - a far cry from his performance in Paris where the first two matches both went the full five sets.
Murray broke early in the first set and never looked back, coming through in relatively routine fashion to advance to the last 16 for the ninth year in succession and 10 of the last 11 years.
Murray brushed aside Australia's Nick Kyrgios to register his 50th Wimbledon match win and reach his ninth straight quarter-final at the event.
Murray, the 2013 champion, eased to a 7-5 6-1 6-4 win as the eagerly-awaited Centre Court clash turned into a disappointing affair.
Kyrgios, the 15th seed who defeated Rafa Nadal at the tournament in 2014, didn't force a break point on the Murray serve as he slipped to his fifth loss in five meetings against the world No 2.
He did manage to save two match points in the ninth game of the third set but was powerless to prevent Murray taking victory with an eighth ace of the contest.
Murray booked his place in the semi-finals with a see-saw five-set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The second seed was in full control for the first two sets but Tsonga turned on the style to draw level at 2-2 before Murray clinched the match 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1 in nearly four hours.
The win was Murray's 100th career grass court win and improved his head-to-head against Tsonga to 13-2.
Murray rallied impressively in the final set, saving a break point in the first game and then powering to victory.
The Czech 10th seed and former Wimbledon finalist was a surprise opponent in the last four after Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet both fell early.
And Murray was barely troubled by Berdych who forced just one break of serve in the match - Murray dominant in the first set and despite a window of opportunity for the Czech in the second set, it wasn't to be.
Murray raced through to the final in under two hours with a ruthless display that included just nine unforced errors.
Novak Djokovic's stunning defeat at the hands of Sam Querrey meant the top half of the draw was wide open and while a Roger Federer fairytale was envisaged it was not to be as Milos Raonic beat the Swiss great in five sets.
Murray was playing his first Grand Slam final against someone other than Djokovic or Federer and he made it count with a dominant display on his own serve and a superb display against the fearsome power of Raonic's serve that included a 147mph lightning bolt.
Murray grabbed the only break of serve in the match to claim the first set and followed up with dominant displays in the second and third set tie breaks to claim his second Wimbledon title and the third slam of his career.