"The older you get, you never know how many chances you're going to get to play in Grand Slam final".
"As people get older they mature as well, even though some people would argue that I haven't, but Andy has". "You learn from those matches for sure, those experiences in the past have helped me a lot, playing against some of the best players of all time".
"Thanks you guys for being out here to see number 22, this is awesome", she said to an appreciative crowd who were treated to a one-hour, 21-minute final full of absorbing rallies. "So close. It was really so, so close".
Raonic has been taken the distance on two occasions at this Wimbledon ― against Federer and coming back from two sets to love down to beat David Goffin in the third round.
While Lendl has been stony-faced in the player's box, McEnroe has been splitting his time between Raonic's needs and his own long-standing TV commitments. And just on the little, little opening, I managed to turn it around. "Something I want to forget about, yeah".
Reynolds said the network will have Chris Fowler and Patrick McEnroe in the booth alongside the three-time Wimbledon champion.
"What he told me today is: 'Go out there, leave it all out there, '" Raonic said. No man in the almost 50 years of open tennis has played so many Grand Slam singles finals while winning so few. Murray, seeded two, leads the head-to-head of the finalists 6-3, having won their last five meetings, most recently in Queens a couple of a Sundays ago.
WHITHER THE YOUNGSTERS?: Of the eight men's and women's singles semifinalists at Wimbledon, the 25-year-old Raonic was by far the youngest.
While serving at 2-1 down in the fifth set, Federer lost his footing on a deuce point and fell onto his stomach on the turf while trying to reach a passing shot.
Federer, who underwent surgery earlier this year on the same knee he hurt on Friday, will be 35 next month. "I'm going to try to get fitter, stronger", he said. "I don't know at this point".
Murray was even asked by a reporter during Wimbledon how it felt being Britain's "last hope", a question he dismissed by wryly replying, "It's not that bad, is it?"
"I think, if anything, I was able to show resilience that, no, that's (the losses in New York, Melbourne and Paris) not going to shake me, you're not going to break me, it's going to make me stronger". I don't ever fall down.
The expectation levels on Murray will be higher than ever before but Lendl does not expect that to make a difference.
Raonic has improved his forehand (62 forehand winners), and he doesn't just try to blast away for winners like he used to.
How that matchup plays out in the Wimbledon final today could go a long way toward determining who wins the championship.
Whereas Federer would have had plenty of support on Sunday, Raonic, a Canadian with roots in Montenegro, will be playing entirely on the road. No man from the United States had reached the quarters at any Grand Slam since the 2011 U.S. Open. Murray dropped the first set, then trailed 3-0 in the second, before beginning the turnaround with a return victor. Raonic was holding his serve well early in the set and Raonic earned the break in a marathon fourth game, ending in an incredible point at net.
"(Raonic) played a really good match (against Federer), very entertaining.
"Obviously", said Murray, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, "Milos has got a fantastic serve". But, he said, ESPN avoided any perception of a conflict by keeping McEnroe from Raonic's matches until now.