Murray Wins Fourth Queen's Club Crown
Top seed Andy Murray was twice victorious Sunday in London, advancing to the final with a win over Viktor Troicki before beating Kevin Anderson for his fourth Queen's Club title.
Andy Murray needed two wins Sunday at the Aegon Championships to claim his fourth title at Queen’s Club.
After winning his semi-final match against Viktor Troicki, which was suspended due to rain in London on Saturday, Murray came back a few hours later to beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match.
Hoisting his 34th ATP World Tour trophy, the Scot joined an elite group of players to win a quartet of titles in London, including John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick. The 28-year-old Dunblane native also won the Queen’s Club crown in 2009 (d. Blake), 2011 (d. Tsonga) and 2013 (d. Cilic).
Murray capitalised on his first break point chance for 3-1 lead in the first set, and the Scot would clinch the first set after 28 minutes.
With a break point opportunity at 2-2 in the second set, Murray utilised a drop shot on the tall South African, snatching the opportunity for a 3-2 lead. The Scot would go on to win the match in 64 minutes having faced no break points.
“I served extremely well,” said Murray. “I wasn't expecting to have loads of opportunities with the way he had been serving this week and the way the courts were playing, so thankfully when the [break point] chances came, I managed to come up with some kind of instinctive shots and guess the right way on a couple of shots, and managed to get the breaks.
“I felt like once I got into the rallies I was doing really well, but it was obviously tough to do that some of the times. He served an extremely high percentage of first serves and was serving big. But it was a good performance.”
Murray opened with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu, beat Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-4 in the second round, survived a tough test from Gilles Muller in the quarter-final, winning 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, and advanced to the final with a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Troicki.
The World No. 3 is now 34-16 in ATP World Tour finals as he brings home €381,760 and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
“He's a terrific player and has had such great success on all surfaces,” Anderson said of Murray. “It's just tough playing him here.
“I really felt like I played some good tennis throughout the week. I had some close matches. My game went really well. I can take a lot of pleasure from this week.”
Anderson was bidding for his 200th career match win and a third ATP World Tour title, adding to his titles in Johannesburg (2011) and Delray Beach (2012). He earned €172,100 and 300 Emirates ATP Rankings points while dropping to 2-8 in tour-level finals.