It was the defending champion Marin Cilic who was Andy Murray’s opponent in the Queen’s Club, and we knew it would be a tight match having both matches finishing within ten matches of each other.
The final itself went very much similarly to both semi-finals, with the leader after the opening set going on to lose the match. However, it could have been very different as it was actually the Brit who took the lead up to 4-1 in the first, but Andy couldn’t maintain it and was soon back at square one with the score at 4-4. The remainder of the set was quite close, but a hard fought break from the Croatian left Andy only one game to break serve, a feat the 2009 and 2011 champion could not achieve – 5-7.
But, in the next set, “Andy took Marin’s legs out with lots of agressivity” as his coach Ivan Llendl said post-match. It was a close set, and both players made it an excellent competition. Near the end of the set a deserved break, after squandering several break points earlier in the match. Cilic played especially well towards the end, as reflected in another comment of Llendl, but a little bit of luck put Murray level at 5-7, 6-3
The third and final set was just like when Murray played Tsonga in the third set of his semi-final. It was close for the fist few games, but then the 27 year-old Brit broke out his variety of forehands, dropshots, and was able to think ahead better than his Croatian opponent. We worried when Andy lost a couple of match points, but when Cilic netted it it was all over, making the final score 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Andy Murray will be hoping to win his second Grand Slam later this month at his home tournament, the Wimbledon Championships. His win at the Queen’s club was his third, after previously winning in 2009 and 2011. He’ll be hoping to join Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick who’ve all won the title four times (the most) next year, or at least in 2015 anyway!
– Jacob Lee