Andy Murray completed the perfect week by clinching his second Queen’s Club title with victory over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in today’s delayed final.
Murray easily won the title 2 years ago in 2009, but had to battle hard this time 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in front of a capacity crowd.
On Saturday Murray was in magical form and although he never quite hit those heights today, the match was of the highest quality, with both players lighting up the Queen’s club centre court with some sparkling tennis.
It was Tsonga who stuck first, the 26-year-old from Le Mans had had already beaten Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals but it was still a surprise to those watching when he broke the Murray serve to love to take a 4-2 lead.
One of Murray’s great strengths is the ability to break back after losing his serve and with Tsonga’s serving for the set the Scot secured two break-back points. Those opportunities would pass Murray by and Tsonga served out for the first set.
Murray would secure even more break points in the 2nd set and on each occasion Tsonga played the better point. With Murray struggling to convert on break points it began to look really bad for the Scot at 5-5 in the second when he fell behind 15-40. a very cheeky drop saved the first one, but Murray had to rely on the net cord to comes to his rescue on the 2nd break point.
He managed to hold serve and the match moved into a tie break, the brilliant play we had seen up to this point from Tsonga seemed to wonder as he produced two semi-unforced errors to give Murray a 5-2 lead in the breaker before the Briton served it out to level the match.
Another two break points slipped by for Murray at 1-1 in the final set and it started to seem that Murray would simply not break the serve of Frenchman today. His resistance finally ended 2 games later as Murray converted his 10th break point.
Murray then thrilled the crowd a few games by wrapping up a service game with an outrageous, and completely unnecessary, between-the-legs winner at the net for 5-3 and on Murray’s next service he served out to love to claim his win.
Murray become first open era Brit to win the tournament when he was victorious in 2009 and today he became the first brit to win at Queen’s Club twice since Francis Gordon Lowe, who won in 1913, 1914 and 1925.
Murray spoke to Sue Barker on court after the match,
He was playing a different sport to me in the first two sets, I have never seen anyone dive so much. He is so much fun to watch but not much fun to play against. I had a few chances in the second set but none in the first. He was serving great. He was using variation on his serve, and a lot of aggression. But I managed to break him eventually. This has been one of the most fun weeks I’ve had on the tour. I’ve loved it.