Andy Murray dismantled Milos Raonic’s huge serve to become the first man to win the Queen’s Club title five times. Raonic led by a set and 3-0 before Murray became the first player this week to break the Canadian’s serve, doing so twice in succession. The top seed and defending champion went on to win 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3.
The Scot overtakes the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Roy Emerson with five Aegon Championships titles. McEnroe was courtside for the final in his role as coach to Raonic, with the American’s old adversary Ivan Lendl in the opposite corner after rejoining the Murray camp this week.
“It was nice of him to stick around for the presentation,” Murray joked after seeing that Lendl had quickly left the court. “It was obviously a good first week back together.”
Murray, 29, had said beforehand that the final would come down to fleeting chances, and it was Raonic who was the more clinical early on. Neither man could fashion a break point in an opening 12 games of high class grass-court tennis.
Raonic, 25, took charge of the tie-break with three sharp volleys that suggested McEnroe is already having an influence, and despite Murray getting back to 5-5, the Canadian edged it with a forehand winner on his first set point.