x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Murray enjoys win at Queen's

The world No 4 is the first Briton to lift the Queen's trophy twice since Francis Gordon Lowe achieved his second of three titles in 1914.

Britain's Andy Murray clinched his second Queen's title with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over the French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final yesterday.

Murray, who also won the Wimbledon warm-up event in 2009, is the first Briton to lift the Queen's trophy twice since Francis Gordon Lowe achieved his second of three titles in 1914.

It was also Murray's first ATP title since beating Roger Federer at the Shanghai Masters in October.

His gutsy victory was an ideal confidence boost for the world No 4 ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

Murray arrived in west London to begin his grass-court campaign nursing serious concerns over the ankle ligament injury he suffered at the French Open.

But the second seed has been able to put aside those fears as the ankle held up and the manner of this come-from-behind win will have pleased him.

Murray said: "Tsonga was playing a different sport to me in the first two sets. He's so much fun to watch. He was using variation on his serve, and a lot of aggression. But I managed to break him eventually.

"My ankle has got much better. This has been one of the most fun weeks I've had on the tour. I've loved it."

Tsonga said: "Of course there is a bit of frustration. I was not far from winning but this is tennis. To win a match you have to take your opportunities and he played a good match."

Tsonga had beaten Murray in a friendly game of table-tennis as they waited in vain for the rain to relent on Sunday, but it was not a lucky omen for the fifth seed in the rescheduled final.

Both players were evenly matched and showed great athleticism, with Murray's speed matched by Tsonga's greater willingness to come to the net.

Murray earned the only break of the final set, taking a decisive 3-2 lead on his 10th break point of the match.