British No. 1 Andy Murray beat Milos Raonic to claim an historic fifth title ahead of Wimbledon becoming the most successful player at Queen’s Club.
The British No. 1 Andy Murray ran out 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 in the final of the Aegon Championship on Sunday to successfully defend last year’s title and earn a record haul.
Andy Murray overcame a slow start to demonstrate his grass court prowess against the world No 9 with Wimbledon just a seven days away. After seven games, neither player had lost a single point on their first serve nor the opening set didn’t offer any break points – Raonic’s thunderbolt serve was his trump card yet Murray matched it.
A tie-break was required to separate them and Raonic finally created some daylight with a three-point lead. Murray valiantly hauled himself back in with a shout but Raonic paired two forehand winners together to claim the first set.
Murray’s anger spilled into the second set and a time violation contributed to the Brit falling a break behind. Andy Murray soon found himself 3-0 down having failed to win a point in either of Raonic’s first two service games.
By the third set Murray took control and immediately broke by ending a 24-shot rally with a drop shot. Raonic, was chasing shadows from this point and gave up his serve in the final game to hand Murray a magical fifth Queen’s title.
Andy Murray said: “This tournament has loads of history… it’s a pleasure to play in front of someone like John McEnroe… and any time you can do something a bit better than someone like him, it’s an amazing feeling.
“To win here for a fifth time means a lot to me” he said.