Murray Wins The Queen’s Title




Andy Murray - Queen's Club

Andy Murray – Queen's Club

Andy Murray clinched his second Queen’s title with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final match.

He is the first Briton to lift the Queen’s trophy twice since Francis Gordon Lowe achieved his second of three titles in 1914.It was also his first ATP title since beating Roger Federer at the Shanghai Masters in October. This gutsy victory should be a perfect confidence booster for the world number four ahead of Wimbledon, which starts in a week’s time.

Murray arrived in west London to begin his grass-court campaign nursing serious concerns over the ankle ligament injury he suffered at Roland Garros. But the second seed has been able to put aside those fears as the ankle held up well and the manner of this come-from-behind win will have pleased him even more.

Tsonga started well and staved off a break point in the third game when his volley clipped the top of the net and dropped beyond Murray’s reach. Tsonga took advantage of that narrow escape to land the first blow as he broke for a 4-2 lead when he correctly challenged that his forehand was in. he has the reputation of being extremely flamboyant and also as one of the game’s great entertainers. He showed off his trademark diving volley, as well as an athletic overhead smash, to keep Murray at bay in the next game.

Murray was struggling to find the majestic form that demolished three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick in less than an hour in the semifinals. Even when Murray produced a sublime pass on the run to bring up two break points at 3-5, Tsonga came up with a perfect forehand followed by a big serve to get out of trouble and clinch the first set.

To his credit, Murray kept fighting away. He had four break points for a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Tsonga found a way out every time. Tsonga had two break points of his own at 5-5 and this time Murray caught a break as a net cord saved the second.

Both players were peaking with form and Tsonga replied to Murray’s remarkable forehand through his legs with more of his acrobatics as he held serve to set up a tie-break. Murray would not be denied though. He kept the pressure on and, aided by some wayward Tsonga ground-strokes, he easily won the breaker to earn a final set decider.

It was Murray who threatened first at 1-1, but the Scot squandered his ninth and 10th break points of the match. There was no sign of Murray easing off, however, and he finally broke for the first time when Tsonga drifted a forehand wide in the fifth game.

He moved 5-3 ahead with confidence and a between-the-legs winner from an acute angle near the net.Tsonga finally surrendered as Murray served out the win.

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