Murray wins first grass court title at Queen’s
Andy Murray overcame James Blake to secure his first ever grass court title in front of a packed centre court at the AEGON Championships in London.
The British number one beat the American in straight sets at Queen’s Club, sealing the victory in convincing fashion, 7-5 6-4. The in-form Brit completed the match in under 70 minutes.
The 22-year-old Scot becomes the first British winner of the title at Queen’s for more than 70 years. The last Brit to make it to the final was Tim Henman in 2001 when he lost to Pete Sampras.
Murray was in control for most of the match and continued his sublime form throughout the tournament in London, where he only dropped two service games and did not lose a set.
Speaking after the victory on Sunday, he emphasised his focus on Wimbledon. “I’ve played some of the best tennis of my life this week,” he told BBC Sport.
“I’ll just try to focus on getting ready for Wimbledon now and doing as well as possible.”
And Murray’s former coach and BBC Sport pundit Mark Petchey has high hopes for the Scot at SW19 this year.
“Andy already had a lot of confidence from his clay season but he is serving so well now that he is not letting his opponents near him,” he said after the victory.
“He has put himself in a position to go into Wimbledon as a great contender, he won’t be the favourite but, if he serves well, he will be incredibly difficult to beat.”