Andy Murray labours past Tsonga to win Queen's Club

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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London, Jun 14: It won't be an aberration to state that Andy Murray has been the perennial underachiever in Men's Tennis. And on Jun 13, the Briton gave ample evidence of that when he withstood an athletic onslaught from Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and eventually beat him, 3-6 7-6 6-4 to win the Queen's Club championships. On days like that, one wonders why there are not enough titles for many with such talent and then comes to mind his tag of a perennial underachiever.

Tsonga, a powerful hitter of the Tennis ball, seemed to appear determined to push Murray to a corner and get the stage ready for a victory. But this wasn't his day as Murray weathered the fury of Tsonga's fast groundstrokes, diving volleys and energetic charges.

Murray was forced to start on the back-foot after Tsonga used his wider reach to tackle impossible looking shots from the Briton. If that was not enough, he even played some brilliant shots of his own and more often than not left Murray amused.

After having conceded the first set to Tsonga, Murray hung on for the better part of the second one and struck some crucial blows when he first went up to 5-3 and then to eventually win it by 7-6.

The third set was another see-saw battle in which Murray prevailed, courtesy his experience, well at least it appeared so.

A visibly distraught Tsonga, whose one of the finest performances was undone by the grit of Murray, said, "I remember only this ball...Today I had only one chance, it was this one but I missed it.
But today Andy was just too good and I will try to beat him next time."

And for Murray, whom it was just the preparation needed for the upcoming Wimbledon, said, "He's so much fun to watch, I enjoy watching him myself but he wasn't fun to play today. It's been great preparation this week (for Wimbledon) and I'll work hard for the next five or six days to get ready."

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