Murray Masterclass as he wins his 4th Queen’s Title!

Looking for his fourth Queens club title to equal the record of McEnroe, Hewitt, Roddick and Becker Murray got off to a good start holding with one point dropped but there was a tiny delay between one point as he was bring attacked by a bee but took a 1-0 lead. Anderson likewise got off to a good start holding serve with his 98th ace of the week. Andy saw the first opportunity at 15-30 and then produced the most brilliant backhand to set up break points against the Anderson serve and the South African hit an overhead into the net for 3-1 lead for Murray! Andy extended his lead to 4-1 with more excellent tennis before a good response from Anderson holding to love and recording his 100th ace of the tournament. Murray took a 5-2 lead and one game away from the set but would have to serve it out following another excellent service game from Anderson for 3-5. Murray’s serving throughout the entire set was impeccable as he went on to hold to take the first set 6-3 in under half an hour with just the two points dropped on his first serve and only three on his second serve.

Both players began the second set well holding with Anderson failing to make an impression on the Murray service games with a love hold to level up the scoreboard at 1-1. For the first time on Murray’s serve at 2-1 to Anderson he saw the first point for 15-0 which Murray then took to 15-15 however another opportunity came for Anderson on second serve but a really poor backhand return wide from Anderson set up 30-15 for Murray who went on to hold serve at 2-2. After a lovely rally of volleys Murray went 15-0 and 30-15 up on the Anderson serve after a phenomenal return and another good return unsettled Anderson who hit an error for 40-30 giving Murray a break point which was converted after some insane defending and finished with a drop shot to take a 3-2 lead! Murray held serve then for 4-2 with some of the best tennis you will see all year. Anderson held for 4-3 before Murray extended his lead to 5-3 with lovely variation in shots with another lob winner and an fantastic two handed backhand down the line to finish the game and one game away from winning the title for a fourth time. Anderson held his serve well for 5-4 and put the pressure on Murray to serve it out himself.

Despite Anderson getting close to a 0-30 position Murray won four points in a row to win his fourth queens title, his third title of the year and his 41st match of the year ahead of Wimbledon.

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