The ATP 250 wrapped up this weekend. I am here to wrap up the end of the tournament in London where Andy Murray was victorious for the third time in Queen’s Club in his career.
Murray’s quarterfinal match was a close straight set encounter over German Benjamin Becker. Becker’s serve kept him in his match, but Murray’s return is better than Becker’s serve. Murray won 6 – 4, 7 – 6 (3). Then came the semi final showdown with Jo Willy Tsonga. Tsonga had cruised past American upstart Denis Kudla in the round before and was looking to upset Andy in his first tournament and it certainly looked like that was going to happen early in the match. Tsonga won the first set 6 – 4. But Tsonga, as he showed in Paris, continued to have issues closing out matches and struggled under pressure. Murray came back and won the second and third sets 3 and 2.
The final pitted Murray against defending champion Marin Cilic. Cilic had defeated a hot Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals and then upset second seed Tomas Berdych in the semis so he was playing solid ball going into the final. Once again, Murray was off to a slugghish start. He had plenty of opportunites to win the set, but did not take advantage. Cilic stole the first set 7 – 5. Murray continued to struggle throughout the second set as Cilic began to raise his game. But Murray kept hanging around and holding serve and finally converted on his chances, taking the second set 7 – 5. Murray began to wear Cilic down physically and ended up getting the one and crucial break he needed and serced it out to win the third 6 – 3.
This is a big confidence booster for Murray, being his first tournament back since the beginning of the clay court season. I look for him to make another deep run at Wimbledon this year. Stay tuned for more coverage this week as I update everyone on the tournament in Eastbourne on Thursday. And congrats to the Bryan brothers for their 90th career title. That’s truly incredible for one doubles team. Enjoy everyone!