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Murray wins Queens for a third time

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Andy Murray shaped up for Wimbledon with a hard-fought win in the Queen's Club final. It was his third victory in the tournament but probably the most satisfying after a frustrating struggle with injury.

Up against last year's Queen's winner Marin Cilic, at first Murray laboured to get into the match, a few sloppy errors allowing his opponent to edge the opening set 7-5. Murray fought back tenaciously in the second set. He recovered from a scare when a slip seemed to threaten a leg injury, with Murray screaming in pain. He recovered quickly to level the match. Murray admitted that he had been fortunate on a few key points, but looked more dominant in the deciding set, keeping the Croatian pinned back and threatening his serve regularly.

"I worked very hard on the time I had off," Murray said after the match. "I couldn't have done it without my team. It's down to them why I could play so tough in the last two matches." Of the slip he said, "It's a bit sore on the groin area," trying his best to embarrass the interviewer Sue Barker.

Murray's win was a timely return to form with Wimbledon approaching. Rafael Nadal's recent win in the French Open showed the Spaniard is nearly back to his best, Roger Federer is still in excellent shape and Novak Djokovic remains the world number one.

Murray blew a kiss into the crowd after the victory, but it was directed at his close friend Ross Hutchins rather than his girlfriend. Hutchins has been fighting cancer and Murray was following up the final with an exhibition match in aid of the Royal Marsden hospital. Murray said that the charity match, in a doubles team with Tim Henman against his coach Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych, meant more to him than the actual Queen's triumph.

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