Andy Murray Makes History
For the first time since 1938 a British champion reigns at the Queen's Club. Andy Murray was sweating it out, as people kept telling him that a Brit hadn't won the tournament since Bunny Austin more than seventy years ago. The grass courts were apparently kind to Murray as he beat American player James Black in two straight sets, in the final of the Queen's Club event. This event comes just a week before the Wimbledon Championships commence, and today Murray, ranked number three in the world, took Queen's Club regulars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal down a notch, as he easily won the final event.
This will be Murray's 12th title, and has given him – and his fans – confidence that a Brit might actually win the U.K. hosted Championships at Wimbledon. That again is something history hasn't seen for quite a while, as the last British player to take Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936. This is also the first time that a British player has won on grass since 2005. The match was marked by both players implementing different angles and spins, and at first it seemed that Murray was taking it easy, watching James Blake fire a forehand shot over the net. But then, Andy Murray turned on the fury, with lots of energetic shots and slams that ended the game 7-5, 6-4.
The 29 year old American admitted that he didn't think he saved even one break point in the match. He also said that it was frustrating when the match depending on just a couple of points, but that he feels he is “right there” for Wimbledon next week. He's hoping that Andy Murray will come out on the other side of the draw. As for Murray, he said that some of the best tennis he's played in his life was this week, and that he's going to try for a Grand Slam in a couple of weeks. When Murray won the match, he grinned widely and kissed his mother.
Tags: Andy Murray, Bunny Austin, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon
Posted: 15th June 2009
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