Andy Murray claimed his third Aegon Championships title with victory over Marin Cilic at Queen’s Club. He won in three sets 5-7 7-5 6-3 after the final was dealyed by rain.
Murray, the world number two, will now head for a week of practice before resuming his quest for a first Wimbledon title. After his win Murray spoke to the media,
I worked very hard in the time that I had off to try and get myself back in the best shape possible. My team helped me a lot, they were patient with me and it’s why I was able to come out and play so tough in the last couple of matches.
The most important thing next week is just to make sure I keep improving the strength of my back, make sure there’re no setbacks and just keep working hard on the rehab. Then, when Wimbledon comes round, it’s all about how you play. It’s very easy to say someone is in good form when they’re not.
A week is a long time in sport; anything can happen. You can lose a bit of confidence, you can gain confidence. You can pick up a niggle, you can feel 110%. But I’m in a good place and I’ll just keep working hard the next week.”
Play eventually got under at 3.30pm after rain threatened to postpone the final until Monday. Murray made the first breakthrough with a whipped cross-court forehand in game two and served his way out of trouble facing three break points in the next, but from 4-1 up the tide began to turn and Cilic broke back before breaking again in the eleventh game.
The sun was finally shining as the second set began and Murray’s fortunes brightened as his serve clicked into gear. Just as looked to be heading to a tie break, Murray broke in game 12 to win the set 7-5.
As he did in Saturday’s semi-final win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Murray accelerated towards the finish line with some sublime play in the final set.