2009 Queens Club – Andy Murray Wins Queens Club

Aegon ChampionshipsAndy Murray has ended 71 years of hurt at Queens Club for British players in winning the AEGON championships, the first Brit to do so since Bunny Austin in 1938.

Murray beat “half-Brit” James Blake in the final 7-5 6-4 in just over an hour.

His form today was perhaps not quite as good as its been the rest of the week, but it was enough to see him claim his first grass court title and more importantly his first on home soil, proving he can handle the weight of expectation.

Andy Murray Wins Queens Club 2009He celebrated the win with his team, coach Miles Maclagen, fitness and conditioning coaches, Matt Little, Andy Ireland and Jez Greens, his partner Kim Sears and even managed a kiss for mum. Big Sap!

On winning his title Murray said,

I was playing well all week and took my chances when I had them. I was quite nervous today because no British player had won here for 70-odd years, so it got the nerves going, especially when I was serving for the match. James is a very tough player, we have only met once before so I didn’t know what to expect. He had a great week and beat a lot of big servers. The only thing left is to try and get a Grand Slam title in a couple of weeks. I’ve played well this week and now I have to focus on getting ready for Wimbledon.

Andy Murray was seeded no.1 for the 2009 Queens Club after Rafael Nadal withdrew due to injury. From his first match against Andreas Seppi few would have bet against Murray winning today. Murray did not drop a set all week and only lost his serve twice in 5 matches.

With Wimbledon only a week away, no one can doubt that Murray serious contender to break another long standing record. No British man has won Wimbledon since 1936 – 83 years of history to re-write!

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It’s going on 71 years since their was a British winner at Queens Club, many have tried, some have come close, Since the Open era began in 1968 five different British players have made their way through to the final including John Paish, Mark Cox, Roger Taylor and Tim Henman being the last seven years ago. Andy Murray is the fifth and he will surely end the record tomorrow.

In his way is James Blake, the 29-year-old “veteran” from Yonkers in New York. Blake has been playing up his “half British” status this week, his mother Betty is from Banbury and he hopes those local ties will earn him some support from a Queen’s Club crowd.

This of course is Murray’s first final on home soil and his first final on grass – Murray doesn’t make it a habit of losing in finals either, he has won 11 of the 17 finals he has been in. In 2008 he won 5 of his 6 finals, only losing to Roger Federer in the US Open final and in 2009 so far he has won 3 of the 4 finals he has competed, losing only to Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells.

Murray has been in sublime form all week at Aegon Championships, spending an average of just 1 hour, 8 minutes on court per match en route to the final.

Blake who reached the final on his last visit to The Queen’s Club in 2006 before losing to Lleyton Hewitt made it to the final this year after a freak ankle injury to Andy Roddick early in their semi-final match forced Roddick to retire.

Murray and Blake have only met once before on tour and that match was back in 2006 at the ATP Masters Series in Hamburg. Blake was the winner on that day on clay 6-3 6-3. A lot has changed since then, Murray has rapidly moved up rankings to no.3 in the world (touching distance to Roger Federer in 2nd), appeared in his first grand slam final at the US Open final and won 11 titles, including 3 masters.

So far Murray has handled the weight of expectation superbly, but just to add more pressure – when Bunny Austin won here 71 years ago, he also went on to reach the Wimbledon final that same year – no other Briton has done so since.

Player Andy Murray James Blake
Traditional Odds Decimal Odds Traditional Odds Decimal Odds
Betfair 3/20 1.15 32/5 7.4
Ladbrokes 7/50 1.14 4/1 5
Sky Bet 7/50 1.14 9/2 5.5
Paddy Power 7/50 1.14 4/1 5
William Hill 7/50 1.14 4/1 5
Blue Square 7/50 1.14 4/1 5
Bet Fred 13/100 1.13 5/1 6
Coral 13/100 1.13 9/2 5.5
Stan James 13/100 1.13 5/1 6
Expekt.com 13/100 1.13 49/10 5.9
Bet 365 3/25 1.12 5/1 6