Murray – King of Queens for the Third Time

By Ros Satar

Andy Murray def. Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Andy Murray had to overcome persistent rain, and then an even more persistent Marin Cilic, defending champion, to reclaim his hold on the Aegon Championships Title.

Murray, who won the title in 2009 and 2011, looked to be dominating in fine style, racing to a 4-1 lead over the Croat in the first set.

But a slip and a fall left Murray clutching his groin, curled up on the ground for a worrying time, and he looked rattled as error after error crept into his game.

Cilic had also dialed back into the match and was demonstrating the grass court skills that had taken him to the final last year.

A distracted game from Murray and an unbelievably lucky double-bounce on a net cord gave Cilic the break he needed to move ahead for the first time in the match, going on to take the first set in a little under an hour.

Murray had to make sure he stayed with Cilic in the second set and raised his level with some convincing holds to love, before getting the only break of the set, to level the score.

Murray forged ahead to a 4-1 lead again in the decider and as the Pimms started to wear off on the Queen’s crowd, their cheers could not help him grab any of the three break points that went begging for a double-break cushion.

Cilic put up a great fight, even saving a match point, handed over on a double-fault, but it was not enough and Murray hoisted the extremely large trophy, albeit briefly.

Murray momentarily choked up as he talked about Ross Hutchins and his battle against cancer.

Hutchins, who completed his final sessions of chemotherapy was the inspiration for the charity match which followed, teaming Murray with Tim Henman, against Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych.

Even though only Murray and Henman were mic-ed up, Lendl was more than vocal, especially after being drilled in the hip by Murray, muttering all kinds of threats about their next training session.

In amusing scenes Murray raised his arms victoriously, racing around the court – a stark contrast to the shocked sinking on his haunches when he won the US Open title.

Team GB beat Team Czech Republic with plenty of good humour on both sides.

The aim had been to raise at least £100,000 and by the start of the charity match, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity was around £2000 short.

At the time of writing, the charity has raised £145,430.

To donate to the charity, visit the Rally Against Cancer page.

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