Murray seeks first Queen’s title

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

An assured performance from world number three Andy Murray saw him progress to his first ever grass court final.

The Scottish ace will be sending Britain into a frenzy with his fine form in the lead up to the summer’s premier sporting event at Wimbledon.

At the AEGON Championships in London, Murray produced an accomplished display as he disposed of Juan Carlos Ferrero in straights sets, 6-2 6-4. Victory took less than 71 minutes as he overcame the Spanish clay court specialist.

Murray swept Ferrero aside in the first set at a canter. The second proved a more difficult affair. The Scotsman had to call upon his tenacious qualities as he overcame the battling former world number one. After wasting numerous break point opportunties, Murray finally capitalised in the sixth game.

Murray’s serving was emphatic throughout. In a week where he has won 43 of 44 service games, he once again served to perfection. He won a staggering 25 points out of a possible 29 when he managed to get his first serve in.

When asked about it he said: “I served very well in the first set and I was happy to win it in two as it was hotter out there than on other days this week.”

Murray now becomes the first British player to have reached the Queen’s final since Tim Henman played Pete Sampras in 2001. Should he win, he will be Britain’s first winner in 71 years. His oppostion in the final will be American James Blake, who made it to the final after the retirement of compatriat Andy Roddick in the third set with an ankle injury.

Murray, however, was unwilling to buy into the hype surrounding today’s win. With Wimbledon on everyone’s lips, he was keen to dismiss any mumourings of a first grand slam title insisting the possibilty hadn’t even entered his thoughts.

“That’s a problem I think that a lot of people have in this country – expecting huge things and thinking that it’s just going to happen.”

“I need to go out there and make it happen. Any Grand Slams are going to be incredibly tough.”

“For me, it might sound boring, and all sports people say it all the time, but I’m not looking or thinking about winning Wimbledon.”
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