Aegon Championships 2015 at Queens Club
Murray Wins 4th Queens Trophy; Tops Troicki, Anderson on Final Day
atpworldtour.com: June 21, 2015 London, England - Andy Murray needed two wins Sunday at the Aegon Championships to claim his fourth title at Queen’s Club. After winning his semi-final match against Viktor Troicki, which was suspended due to rain in London on Saturday, Murray came back a few hours later to beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match.
Hoisting his 34th ATP World Tour trophy, the Scot joined an elite group of players to win a quartet of titles in London, including John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick. The 27-year-old Dunblane native also won the Queen’s Club crown in 2009 (d. Blake), 2011 (d. Tsonga) and 2013 (d. Cilic).
Murray capitalised on his first break point chance for 3-1 lead in the first set, and the Scot would clinch the first set after 28 minutes. With a break point opportunity at 2-2 in the second set, Murray utilised a drop shot on the tall South African, snatching the opportunity for a 3-2 lead. The Scot would go on to win the match in 64 minutes having faced no break points.
Murray opened with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu, beat Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-4 in the second round, survived a tough test from Gilles Muller in the quarter-final, winning 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, and advanced to the final with a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Troicki. The World No. 3 is now 34-16 in ATP World Tour finals as he brings home €381,760 and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
Queens Club Men's Singles Final Sunday June 21
1-Andy Murray beat Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-4
Queens Club Men's Singles Semifinals Sunday June 21
1-Andy Murray beat Viktor Troicki 6-3 7-6(4)
Queens Club Men's Singles Semifinals Saturday June 20
!-Andy Murray vs Viktor Troicki rain delay
Kevin Anderson beat 7-Gilles Simon 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3
Day 5: Friday June 20
Murray Rallies Past Muller; Simon Upsets Raonic; Anderson, Troicki into Semis
atpworldtour.com: June 19 2015 London, England – Andy Murray had to come back from a set deficit to beat Gilles Muller on Friday in London, while Viktor Troicki served his way to a straight sets win over John Isner. The top seed advanced to his fourth semi-finals at the Queen’s Club with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 win over the Luxembourg native. The three-time champion fired 13 aces and hit 45 winners in the one hour, 55-minute contest.
If Murray wins his fourth title in London this week, the 28 year old will join John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt as players who have won a quartet of titles here. In the next round, he will take on Viktor Troicki, who bested John Isner 7-6(5), 6-3. The Serb out-served the American in the 72-minute contest, facing no break points throughout while cashing in on one of 11 break points on the Isner delivery.
Gilles Simon prevailed over third seed Milos Raonic on Friday. The seventh-seeded Frenchman came from a set deficit to oust the Canadian 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and set a final four clash against Kevin Anderson. Simon survived 23 aces from Raonic, saving four of the five break points he faced and capitalising on both of his own break point chances to reach the semi-finals. The Nice native needed five match points to clinch victory after two hours and 18 minutes. Earlier, Anderson beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(7), 7-5, firing 18 aces and saving both break points he faced in the 85-minute match. The 29-year-old South African capitalised on his one break point chance in the match to reach the semi-finals in London for the first time.
Queens Club Men’s Singles Quartefinals Friday June 19
1-Andy Murray beat Gilles Muller 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4
Viktor Troicki beat John Isner 7-6(5) 6-3
7-Gilles Simon beat 3-Milos Raonic 4-6 6-3 7-5
Kevin Anderson vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(7) 7-5
Day 4: Thursday June 18
Murray Advances, Muller Ousts Dimitrov; Isner Stops Lopez; Troicki Denies Cilic Anew
atpworldtour.com: June 18 2015 London, England – Top seed Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco on Thursday. The Scot is bidding for a fourth title at the Queen’s Club, and would join John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick in Lleyton Hewitt as players with four London crowns if he were to claim victory this week.
Murray hit 15 winners and saved four of the five break points he faced in the 92-minute victory. He will next face Gilles Muller, who earlier ousted defending champion Grigor Dimitrov. The 32-year-old from Luxembourg reached the quarter-finals at Queen’s Club for the first time with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over the Bulgarian, his second defeat of Dimitrov this year. Muller fired 19 aces and hit 34 winners in the 75-minute win.
In another second round match, John Isner and Feliciano Lopez combined to hit 65 untouchable serves over three sets of play at the Aegon Championships on Thursday. Isner completed a 7-6(5), 6-7(9), 7-6(4) win in two hours, 18 minutes over Lopez. It took six match points for the World No. 18 American to prevail over the Spaniard. The 65 combined aces today by John Isner (36) and Feliciano Lopez (29) is the most in an ATP World Tour best-of-three sets match since the ATP began tracking aces in 1991.
Viktor Troicki came out on top in a 6-7(8), 6-2, 6-3 encounter against Marin Cilic. With the win, the unseeded Troicki extended his winning streak over fourth seed Cilic to five matches dating back to 2010. The Serb had come out on top against the Croat in a third set tie-break on the grass of Stuttgart just last week.
Queens Club Men's Singles Second Round Thursday June 18
1-Andy Murray beat Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-4
Gilles Muller beat 6-Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6(5)
Viktor Troicki beat 4-Marin Cilic 6-7(8) 6-2 6-3
John Isner beat 8-Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 6-7(9) 7-6(4)
Day 3: Wednesday June 17
Wawrinka Upset by Anderson; Raonic Outlasts Gasquet in 3 Sets
atpworldtour.com: June 17 2015 London, England - He may be the recent Roland Garros champion, but it was not enough to change Stan Wawrinka’s fortunes against Kevin Anderson. The South African recorded his fourth straight win over Wawrinka, 7-6(4), 7-6(11), on Wednesday at The Queen’s Club to reach the Aegon Championships quarter-finals.
World No. 17 Anderson won all three of the pair’s meetings last year and continued his winning run over the two-time Grand Slam champion as he held his nerve in a tense second-set tie-break. The second-seeded Wawrinka, a semi-finalist at Queen’s last year, fended off five match points before succumbing in one hour and 50 minutes. The defeat brings to an end Wawrinka’s winning run at eight matches. The 30 year old defeated Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros final 10 days ago and has a 30-9 match record on the season, also lifting trophies in Chennai and Rotterdam.
Anderson will look to reach his fifth semi-final of the season when he faces Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Friday. The Spaniard closed out a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, who had upset Rafael Nadal in his first-round match Tuesday. Third seed Milos Raonic finished strongly to defeat France’s Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. The Canadian saved all seven break points faced, while converting three of his five chances for the two hour, three-minute victory.
Queen's Club Men's Singles Second Round Wednesday June 17
3-Milos Raonic beat Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-7(5) 6-1
Kevin Anderson beat 2-Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(4) 7-6(11)
7-Gilles Simon beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-2
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-6(4)
Day 2: Tuesday June 16
Nadal Exits Queens Early After Stuttgart Feat; Murray, Wawrinka Win Openers
atpworldtour.com: June 16 2015 London, England - Two days after winning the grass-court title in Stuttgart, Rafael Nadal’s singles campaign at the Aegon Championship came to an early end with a loss to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round. The Ukrainian recorded his second straight win over the Spaniard in their sixth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, prevailing 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 on Tuesday at the Queen's Club in London.
World No. 10 Nadal had reached the quarter-finals or better in his five previous visits to the Queen’s Club, claiming the title in 2008 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the final. He returned to the court later in the evening, as he teamed up with countryman Marc Lopez for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Dolgopolov had also edged Nadal last year in a third set tie-break in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, and called the Queen’s Club victory more significant considering his circumstances. Dolgopolov, a quarter-finalist last year at this grass-court tournament, snapped a three-match losing streak with Tuesday's win.
Results Queen's Club Men's Singles First Round Tuesday June 16
1-Andy Murray beat Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4 7-5
2-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-4
3-Milos Raonic beat James Ward 5-7 6-3 6-2
4-Marin Cilic beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6(3) 3-6 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov beat 5-Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4
7-Gilles Simon beat David Goffin 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2
8-Feliciano Lopez beat Joao Sousa 6-3 6-4
Thanasi Kokkinakis beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7(3) 6-2 6-4
Gilles Muller beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5)
Viktor Troicki beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6(4) 1-6 6-4
Day 1: Monday June 15
Defending Champ Dimitrov Wins Opener; Hewitt Bids Farewell to Queens
Results Queen's Club Men's Singles First Round Monday June 15
6-Grigor Dimitrov beat Sam Querrey 4-6 6-3 6-4
John Isner beat Jared Donaldson 7-6(11) 6-4
Fernando Verdasco beat Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 7-5 7-6(4)
Richard Gasquet beat Simone Bolelli 6-1 6-2
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Pablo Andujar 7-6(3) 6-2
Kevin Anderson beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-7(5) 7-5 6-2