Murray Warms Up With A Win At Queens
Andy Murray believes his victory at the Queens Club Tennis Championship was the perfect preparation for Wimbledon.
He beat Marin Cilic in three sets to take the title in his first tournament since suffering a back injury last month.
``I worked very hard in the time that I had off to try and get myself back in the best shape possible,'' he told BBC One.
``My team helped me a lot, they were patient with me and it's why I was able to come out and play so tough in last couple of matches.
``He (Cilic) is one of the best grass court players in the world. We've played each other since juniors. We had a lot of close matches and I was lucky to come through at the end because he was playing such good tennis. He played very well.''
Things started well enough for reigning US Open and Olympic champion Murray as he raced in to a 4-1 lead in the first set.
Cilic fought back to 4-3 before Murray suffered a dramatic fall, seemingly pulling his groin as he twisted awkwardly.
Although he did not require any attention from the trainer, it seemed to have a knock-on affect on the Scot, who showed signs of frustration as Cilic went on to seal the first set.
``The courts have taken a bit of a pounding this week,'' he added.
``It has been extremely wet - and I just slipped. I was a bit sore in the groin area, thankfully it wasn't too bad.''
The second set started with both players holding their serve before Murray steadily reached the level of level of performance which had seen him advance to the final.
He had come from a set down against world number seven Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Saturday's semi-final and almost broke Cilic in the sixth game of the second, wasting three break-points as the Croatian held to level the set.
The remaining games were played out with the serve until Murray broke in the 12th game to level the match and set-up a deciding third set.
The Murray serve was improving all the time with Cilic looking increasingly unlikely to force a crucial break, whilst his own serve was starting to waiver.
Murray took full advantage to break for 3-1 and had another three break points to go 5-1 ahead, however Cilic showed enough resolve to hold and stay in the match.
But it was only a slight stay of execution for Cilic, as Murray held in the decisive game to wrap up his third Queen's title in five years.