Murray grabs third Queen’s crown

By on June 16, 2013

Andy Murray

Andy Murray … perfect Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s. Source: ADRIAN DENNIS / AAP

Andy Murray was crowned king of Queen’s Club for the third time as the world No.2 roared back to defeat defending champion Marin Cilic 5-7 7-5 6-3 in the final.

Murray was pushed hard by the Croatian fifth seed, but the US Open champion responded to the challenge with the kind of classy display that bodes well with Wimbledon just eight days away.

He picked up a cheque for $ A120,505.48 for his latest triumph at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event, but more importantly his dominant week’s work served as the perfect preparation ahead of his latest bid to end Britain’s long wait for a male winner of the singles’ title at the All England Club.

The 26-year-old’s third successful Queen’s campaign in five years, following previous victories in 2009 and 2011, took his career haul of ATP Tour titles to 27 and ended his wait for a first tournament win since the Miami Masters in March.

However, Murray, who started the week concerned by his fitness after a lower back injury forced him to miss the French Open, will hope a first set tumble that left him briefly clutching his groin in pain proves nothing serious.

“It’s been extremely wet and I just slipped. I was a bit sore in the groin area, thankfully it wasn’t too bad,” Murray said.

“Marin’s one of the best grass-court players in the world. We had a lot of close matches and I was lucky to come through at the end because he was playing such good tennis.”

Cilic paid tribute to Murray after the match.

“Andy showed he’s a great fighter and congratulations to him for his win here,” he said.

“It was an extremely good week for me. I hope I can continue my good form and come back next year.”

Murray has dominated on grass over the last year, reaching his first Wimbledon final and taking the gold medal in the London Olympics at the All England Club by thrashing Roger Federer.

He had also won eight of his previous nine meetings with Cilic and looked unfazed by the rain delayed start when play finally got underway three hours later than scheduled. | Tennis

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