Andy Murray became the first man to win five Queen’s Club titles on Sunday, coming from a set down to defeat Milos Raonic 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 at the Aegon Championships in London.
“It’s a tournament that obviously means a lot to me,” said Murray, who also won the title in 2015, ’13, ’11 and ’09. “It’s been my most successful tournament.”
It was Murray’s second title of the year after Rome.
Murray trailed a set and 0-3 in the second set.
“I had no chances on his serve at all,” the Brit said. “I hadn’t created any break points. Then along came a few good returns and changed the match completely. When you have not been broken for a whole tournament and then you lose serve…it can throw you off a little bit. I capitalized on pretty much all the chances I had from there on in.”
Raonic fell to 8-10 in career finals.
“Normally I’m pretty confident in a situation up a set and a break,” Raonic said. “There were two very close challenges there, maybe could make a difference or not, but I thought he played well. He stepped it up after that and came up with an incredible return on the first break point chance he had.”
No. 192-ranked Florian Mayer of Germany beat countryman and fast-rising Alexander Zverev 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday for the Gerry Weber Open title in Halle, Germany.
“I would say it’s the biggest win in my career to win a 500 event here in Germany on grass,” said the 32-year-old Mayer, who captured his second career title and kept alive the streak of 30-plus age winners. “If you see the list of champions in the past here and now my name is on the list, I cannot believe it. I had a hard time with so many injuries and not playing tournaments…It helps a lot to be back in the Top 100 also.”
Mayer struggled physically in the third but ran out to a 5-2 lead, then secured the championship on his fifth match point.
Zverev beat eight-time Halle champion Roger Federer in the semifinals.
“I served worse than the days before, I hit double faults in important moments,” said Zverev, who fell to 0-2 in career finals. “In the third set, the way he broke me, I missed four shots. That can’t happen. I had a lot of 30-all chances which I played really bad in. He played very well. In the important moments he played very well. He deserves to win today, he was the better player. It’s as simple as that.”
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