Andy Murray became the first man to win five titles at Queen’s Club yesterday –and then admitted: “To do it means a lot.”
The Scot won the Aegon Championships with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Milos Raonic, two hours and 13 minutes of stunning tennis, steely nerve and utter determination to claim his place in the history books. Legends such as John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Roy Emerson could only win four times; Murray has bettered them all.
“To do it means a lot,” the five-time champion said. “Obviously this tournament has loads of history, it’s a great event. It’s a tournament that means a lot to me. It’s been my most successful tournament, by far, clearly.
“To be the first player to win five times – it’s not an easy tournament to win. It always has a great field, and the players I have beaten in the finals, a lot of times have been top players.
“It’s not like I have had some sort of easy finals. They have been top, top players. Most of them top ten. Some of them grand slam winners, grand slam finalists. That’s good.”
Raonic is neither a grand slam winner nor a finalist but he is playing extremely well on the grass this year.
With a serve that could knock holes in concrete and McEnroe as his grass court advisor, he will be one of the real threats to the establishment at Wimbledon. And Murray simply would not let him win yesterday.
But Murray is not resting on his laurels. No sooner had he walked off court and put down the huge trophy and the jeroboam of champagne that went with it, he and his new coach, Ivan Lendl, pictured, were discussing preparation and plans for Wimbledon.
Today he will be on the practice courts with Lendl at the All England Club. There is no time to rest.
“I like that,” Murray said. “It’s sort of not concentrating too much on the win today. It’s like, you know, okay, great, now what do we do tomorrow?
“What do we do to get better over these next few days to put myself in a better position for Wimbledon?”
Murray has now been in four consecutive finals and won two of them [Queen’s Club and Rome] and has reached two grand slam finals so far this year.
“The work for Wimbledon starts now but that jeroboam is going in the fridge, just in case.
“Maybe I’ll have something to celebrate in a few weeks,” he said. “I’ll keep it for after Wimbledon.”