Andy Murray is king of the queen’s club
Losing the first set was not enough to put Andy Murray off his stride and the number four in the world battled back with a tremendous victory over Jo Wilfried-Tsonga. Both players deserved a lot of credit for an exciting and exhilarating point with Andy Murray eventually turning up on the 10th break point he had and this was enough to turn the third and final set in his favour. This will no doubt have many tennis fans looking forward to Murray doing the same at Wimbledon but there is likely to be a tougher level of competition there.
Rest is always good for Murray
Not that this triumph was easy for Murray although gaining a walk-over in the quarter-final stage and then having a Sunday wash-out gave Murray a great benefit. The additional time in between games was always going to be of benefit to a player who has struggled with injuries and having the time to rest his injuries between matches allowed Murray to be at his best. This time off would also have allowed Murray to find the energy to lift the winners trophy which is absolutely huge. If you want a winners trophy to be an epic reward for a big achievement, this is the sort of trophy you would approve of.
A final score-line of 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 indicates the tightness of the match and there were moments in the second set when it really could have fallen for the Frenchman. However, Murray has tenacity to his style of his play and he hung on there, becoming the first British player to pick up two Queen’s Club titles since 1925. Once he got his nose in front in the third set, it was all over as he powered towards the final, picking up the final game
Tsonga was money and a lot of new fans with his display
Tsonga picked up over 44,000 euros for finishing runner-up but it was his sense of style and attacking nature that he will be remembered. Also, let’s not forget that he defeated Rafael Nadal on his way to the final and you can bet the Frenchman will be looking forward to Wimbledon and seeing how far he can progress on the premier grass tournament of the tennis calendar.
However, the finalists should take a day or two to relax and uncover because this time next week, they will be back in action at Wimbledon and the efforts of this tournament will count for nothing. Can Murray become the first Brit in living memory to triumph at Wimbledon or will he revert to being a Scotsman with another gallant defeat?