Andy Murray created history on Sunday as he produced a stunning display to beat Milos Raonic and become the first player to win five Aegon Championships at the historic Queen’s Club.
Murray will be hoping his success at the London event will act as springboard as he looks to regain the Wimbledon Championships, which begin on Monday June 27th 2016.
However the game didn’t start in the fashion the defending champion was hoping as the big-serving Canadian showed just how dangerous he can be. Neither player was backing away from the challenge as the opening set went to a tie-break.
But it was Raonic, 25, who took control with some old-fashioned serve and volley play paying dividends and helping him to take the set 6-7 (5-7). The 25-year-old then took command of the second-set and raced into a 3-0 lead.
But then everything suddenly began to click for the World No.2 and he did what nobody else has managed to do in the whole tournament, breaking the Raonic serve not once but twice to bring him right back into the set.
Murray continued to pressure the serve of Raonic and the pair enjoyed some fabulous rallies, but the home-favourite was not to be denied and levelled the match as he closed out set two 6-4.
The third-set was vintage Murray with punishing shots from all angles leaving his opponent unable to get a real foothold in the match. At the end of a sensational 24-shot rally the Scot produced a deft drop shot to take the point; much to the delight of the packed crowd.
The defending champion then closed out the match with a couple of unstoppable serves, before Raonic volleyed into the net, to hand Murray a truly historic victory.
Motivated Murray pleased with record breaking fifth Queen’s title – attention now turns to Wimbledon 2016.
After the match Murray said: “Coming out here to try and win for the fifth time I was really motivated.
“It was frustrating to be down a set and a break but I started to return well, and my serve worked very well the last couple of sets. I played some good stuff.”
His attention will now turn to the Wimbledon Championships 2016 and with Ivan Lendl once at his side, you wouldn’t back against him claiming a second Wimbledon title.
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