Queen’s Club 2013

Jun 25, 2013 by

The Queen’s Club Championships is also known as the AEGON Championships and is the main warm-up event to Wimbledon for players on the men’s tour. It was dominated in the early 20th century by Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt, who won four titles each. In recent years, British player Andy Murray has been the top player and was looking to add to his 2009 and 2011 titles in the London event. Many of the world’s premier players elected to rest for Wimbledon, so only 6 of the world’s top 20 players were in attendance. Nonetheless, total prize money was approximately $1 million and it provided valuable grass court practice to the players.

Singles

Although Murray was the home favorite, Marin Cilic was the defending champion and was eager to keep his crown. The Croatian looked to be in ominous form with an easy second round victory, but was pushed all the way by Feliciano Lopez in the third round and only won 7-5 in the final set. Nonetheless, he had fine wins over Tomas Berdych and Leyton Hewitt to reach the final.

andy-murray-queens-club

Andy Murray showed great determination in his win over Marin Cilic.

Andy Murray was the man expected to win the event and started out with a straight sets victory. He breezed through the next couple of rounds before running into #4 seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the semi-final. The Frenchman won the first set 6-4 before Murray launched a furious comeback and easily won the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 to set up a date with Cilic.

It promised to be a competitive final and so it proved as Cilic took the first set 7-5 as Murray suffered a nasty fall.

Yet the British player showed great determination to shake off the issue and storm back to take the second set 7-5 and the final set 6-3 to claim his third title. The Olympic gold medalist will be confident that he can be the first British player to win the Wimbledon title since 1936.

Doubles

Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi were the defending champions, but did not compete this year which paved the way for other duos to take the spoils. Number 1 seeds were the ubiquitous Bob and Mike Bryan and they must have been super confident of victory, since they only had to play three matches. Yet they were pushed to the limit in their quarter and semi-final matches, but managed to pull through.

bob-mike-bryan-queens-club

The Bryan brothers showed dominance once again at this year’s Queen’s Club.

Nestor teamed up with Robert Lindstedt, but was dumped out in round two. It transpired that #4 seeds Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya were the best of the rest and they marched to a final meeting with the Bryan brothers. It was a great spectacle but the Bryans held out to win 4-6, 7-5, 10-3 to add yet another trophy to their immense collection.

The London crowd was treated to a wonderful display to tennis and was left hungry for more.

Fortunately for them, they only need to wait a short time before the world’s best player’s line up at Wimbledon. Can Murray and the Bryans repeat their grass court success or will they fall short?

Image license: Creative Commons (view source)

Image license: Creative Commons (view source)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>