LONDON, June 20, 2016
Andy Murray came back from a set and a break down to earn his fifth title at the Aegon Championships in London, winning Sunday’s final 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 over Milos Raonic. The top-seed from Scotland withstood 14 aces, hitting six of his own. He finished 12 of his 13 net points and converted four of his seven break point chances to seal victory in two hours and 13 minutes.
Murray became the first man to win five titles at the tournament, which was established in 1890. His previous titles came in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.
“It’s a tournament that obviously means a lot to me. It’s been my most successful tournament,” Murray was happy afterwards.
“In the first set, I had no chances on his serve at all. I hadn’t created any break points. Then along came a few good returns and changed the match completely. When you have not been broken for a whole tournament and then lose your serve, it can throw you off a little bit. I capitalized on pretty much all the chances I had from there on in. When I needed to this week, I stepped up and played my best tennis.”
Raonic was obviously disappointed after he finished runner-up for the second time this season, following his loss in the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells to Novak Djokovic.
“Normally, I am pretty confident in a situation up a set and a break. There were two very close challenges there, maybe could make a difference or not, but I thought he played well. He stepped it up after that and came up with an incredible return on the first break point chance he had,” the 25-year-old Canadian analysed.
Later in the afternoon, top-seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed the doubles title, winning 6-3, 7-6 over qualifiers Chris Guccione and Andre Sa. It was the second match of the day for the Australian-Brazilian-combination. They resumed their semi-final encounter with Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger Vasselin at 3-3 after the match was suspended because of darkness on Saturday.
“We played a great first set. We missed a little bit of our chances in the beginning of the second. We kept it together and tried our best, and we are so happy to get through and win the title,” Herbert told. His partner Mahut added:
“We just stick together even when we have to go through bad times. We know each other pretty well. We also have a lot of confidence now from last year. We have won a lot of matches, and we know when it’s really, really difficult during a match. We are going to find a solution.”