British tennis fans were celebrating at Wimbledon again as Andy Murray won the title for the second time, producing a superb display of returning to blunt the lightning-fast serves of Milos Raonic, who was playing in his first Grand Slam final.
Although Murray only broke the Canadian's serve once in his 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 victory, his returning was decisive in enabling him to win both tie-breaks comfortably to secure his third Grand Slam title and make a successful return for coach Ivan Lendl.
Perhaps the moment of the match was when Raonic boomed down a serve of 147 mph - the fastest of the tournament - but still lost the point as the world number two got it back with ease. Just as significantly, however, Murray barely lost a point serving to the Raonic forehand side and faced break points in just one game. While both his Wimbledon victories have come in straight sets, there was nothing of the drama and momentum swings of his victory against Novak Djokovic three years ago.
Murray's clinically brilliant display concluded a fortnight in which he had always been tipped as a likely winner, and then a probable champion after Djokovic was knocked out by Sam Querrey. He did not drop a set until the quarter-final, when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from two down to level the match before the Scot raised his game for the decider. Neither Tomas Berdych in the semi-final or Raonic in the final were given a sniff of a chance. This was Murray in the form of his life, and even Novak Djokovic may have a battle on his hands to hold onto the world number one spot.
It had appeared Murray was set to face a dream final against Roger Federer, still searching for his 18th major title. The Swiss legend had saved four match points against 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic in a thrilling quarter-final, but having won his first ten Wimbledon semi-finals, Raonic defeated him in five sets. It may not quite be the changing of the guard, but Federer's chances of winning another Grand Slam may have now passed, while at the age of 25, Raonic will have many more chances.
One veteran who was adding to the Grand Slam haul was Ladies' singles champion Serena Williams. She defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to secure her seventh Wimbledon title and 22nd major, equalling the open era record of Steffi Graf and leaving only Aussie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 ahead of her. It was also sweet revenge for her loss to Kerber in this year's Australian Open final.
Serena had raced through her semi-final against the overwhelmed Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0, but Kerber had ended hopes of another all-Williams final by defeating 36-year-old Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the other semi-final. However, the Williams sisters did spend plenty of time on the same court in the tournament as they won the ladies' doubles, beating Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
While their footballers were to fall agonisingly short of glory, France was guaranteed both joy and tears in the most Gallic of men's doubles finals, as Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.
In the mixed doubles, Heather Watson provided more British cheer as she won the mixed doubles with Finn Henri Kontinen, beating Colombian Robert Farah and Germany's Anna-lena Groenefeld 7-6, 6-4.
There was also British success in the inaugural men's wheelchair singles, as Englishman Gordon Reid took the title. He had already won the doubles with fellow Briton Alfie Hewitt, while another Briton, Jordanne Whiley, won the women's wheelchair doubles alongside Japan's Yui Kamiji, their third triumph.