Top seed Andy Murray came from a set down to defeat defending champion Marin Cilic and seal his third Aegon Championships title at Queen’s yesterday.
Light rain showers meant the final was delayed by three and a half hours and Murray looked a little ragged as he lost the opening set to the world number 12.
Murray, playing his first tournament after time out with a back injury, also suffered a scare as he twisted awkwardly and hit the floor at one stage, but the 26-year-old gradually grew into the match and pulled away to seal a 5-7 7-5 6-3 win.
Murray, who now holds a 9-1 record against Cilic, had entered the tournament with little match-practice having sat out the French Open due to a back injury.
“I worked very hard in the time that I had off to try and get myself back in the best shape possible,” he said.
“My team helped me a lot, they were patient with me and it’s why I was able to come out and play so tough in last couple of matches.
“He (Cilic) is one of the best grass court players in the world. We’ve played each other since juniors. We had a lot of close matches and I was lucky to come through at the end because he was playing such good tennis.”
* Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and doubles partner Colin Fleming will play in the Aegon International in Eastbourne this week as he warms up to defend his Wimbledon title.
Marray and Fleming, seeded fourth for the ATP 250 Series tournament, will take on fellow British pair Jamie Delgado and James Ward in the first round.
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