Andy Murray claimed the ATP 500 doubles title at Queens
Marks a remarkable comeback for the Brit
QUEENS CLUB, LONDON, UK – Andy Murray and Feliciano López teamed up as the Brit was looking to start the comeback trail. Expectations were low, however the pair went on to lift the title.
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Back in January, Andy Murray tearfully announced he would retire from tennis at Wimbledon, due to his hip injury. However, he then underwent surgery to become pain free. He returned to the tennis court this week at the Fever-Tree Championship. The Brit teamed up with Spaniard Feliciano López to play the doubles to test himself and his hip, as doubles is easier on the body than singles.
The draw did not appear kind to the scratch pairing as they were up against the top seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah. The Colombians were expected to win the match up. The Brit/Spaniard were pushed in the first set and a tiebreak ensued. Murray & López edged the tiebreak and took the lead. In the second set the Brit/Spaniard broke the serve of Cabal & Farah and moved into the quarter-final 7-6(5), 6-3.
In the quarter-final Murray & López were up against the all British pairing of Dan Evans & Ken Skupski. Starting late on the Friday night it was the Brit/Spaniard who took the lead by breaking in the first set. The second set saw Evans & Skupski break Murray & López but it didn’t last long. After breaking back the match was suspended over night for bad light.
Resuming the next evening Murray & López kept holding serve and the match went to a tiebreak. Evans & Skupski could not handle the Brit/Spaniard pairing and ultimately fell in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(3).
The semi-final followed straight after with Murray & López facing third seeds Henri Kontinen & John Peers. The Finn/Australian kept close to the Brit/Spaniard however found themselves broken at the end of the first set. Kontinen & Peers forced a tiebreak in the second set, which the Finn/Australian edged. The match tiebreak was full of tension, but it was Murray & López who held on to claim the win 7-5, 6-7, 10-7.
In the final Murray & López were up against Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram. The Brit/American pairing stayed close to the scratch doubles team and forced a tiebreak. The Brit/Spaniard edged a very tight breaker, at one stage Murray & López were 5-1 down. The Brit/Spaniard were one set away from the title. Salisbury & Ram had other ideas. Taking on the serve of Murray the pair broke right at the end of the second set to force a match tiebreak. Murray & López managed to get the lead and didn’t look back. They claimed the title 7-6(6), 5-7, 10-5.
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