Murray Dispatches Tsonga at Queen’s Club

by John on June 13, 2011

Scot Andy Murray won his first tournament of the year today, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the rain-delayed final of the AEGON Championships, a tune-up event for Wimbledon, which starts next Monday. Persistent rain forced postponement of play on Sunday at the Queen’s Club venue in London, necessitating the tournament’s third Monday final in the Open Era. Murray had dropped just one set coming into the match with Tsonga, and had thoroughly dismantled four-time champion Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals on Saturday. The big-serving Tsonga, who had knocked out top-seed Rafael Nadal 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday, proved to be a very formidable opponent. The title was Murray’s second at Queen’s Club in three years and 17th of his career. The Scot defeated American James Blake to win the championship in 2009. Murray was coming off his first semifinal appearance at Roland Garros, where he lost to Rafael Nadal a week ago Friday. The 24-year-old reached his third Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in January, but is still looking for his first major title. “I think I did a good job today of staying calm,” said Murray. “I had a lot of chances on his serve. I could have returned his second serve a little bit better. [I] played a really good tie-break. I think I played better than him in the third set. But [the] first two sets, he was playing very well.” Murray served big, hitting 11 aces and winning 83 percent of his first service points. The No. 4-ranked Scot saved two of three break points — he was broken in the sixth game of the first set — and committed three double faults. Tsonga surrendered his only break in the fifth game of the third set. “I’m disappointed to lose a final. It’s difficult when you get this far and miss the last step,” said Tsonga. “But I feel good with my game. He played well. I was aggressive but he was really strong today. He can read the serve really well, which makes it very difficult.” The victory can’t help but amp up “Murray Mania” in the week leading up to Wimbledon.

 

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