Andy Murray made history made history on Sunday afternoon as he recovered from a set and break down to defeat big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic for his record fifth Queen’s Club title. Murray, who previously won in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, looked unsettled during the first half of the match as Raonic used his powerful strokes to keep the Scot off balance.
This title bodes well for Murray, who had a strong spring with a title in Rome and a run to the French Open final. Murray has not won a Grand Slam since triumphing at Wimbledon in 2013, but with his recent good play and the continued injuries and underperformance of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, he will have opportunities to come. Novak Djokovic is the only player that could conceivably stand in the way of another Murray win at Wimbledon.
Keys Coasts in Birmingham for Title, Top 10 Debut
American Madison Keys delivered an authoritative defeat to Barbora Strycova in the Aegon Classic final in Birmingham. Keys won 6-3, 6-4 in the match—her appearance in the final propelled her into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time in her career. Keys, 21, is the first American woman to make her top 10 debut since Serena Williams in 1999.
Keys’ victory and new ranking give hope to American tennis fans, who have not had a Slam contender on the men’s side for more than a decade and who wonder about a potential successor to Serena as the latter’s career begins to wind down. Keys’ best Wimbledon showing was a quarterfinal result last year. This result shows that she has what it takes to make a deep second-week run at the All England Club.
Mayer Stuns in Halle
On Sunday Florian Mayer became the lowest-ranked player in the past three years to win a title on the ATP Tour. At 192 in the world rankings, Mayer is also the lowest player this year to win a tour-level title. He has struggled with injuries, particularly an abductor injury, over the past two years but played some in-tune tennis to defeat NextGen star Alexander Zverev in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, using drop shots and his slightly unconventional game to keep Zverev from developing a rhythm.
Mayer ran away with the first set in less than half an hour. Zverev, who shocked Roger Federer in the semifinals, broke early in the second set before fighting off match points to force a deciding set. Mayer pulled away in the third, and he will likely rise more than 100 places in the rankings with this performance.
This tournament also marked Roger Federer’s second consecutive loss to a member of the NextGen. Returning from injury, Federer is not at his best. Still, it is notable that these losses have come on grass, arguably Fed’s best surface. The matches are reminiscent, though less forceful, than Federer’s victory over Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001. Whether or not these are passing of the torch victories remains to be seen. Regardless, Zverev will be a force to reckon with in years to come.