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World No.3 Andy Murray ended Great Britain’s 71 year-wait for a homegrown champion at the AEGON Championships after dismissing No.6 seed James Blake 7-5, 6-4.
Murray is the first local to triumph at Queen’s Club since Henry “Bunny” Austin beat Sin-Khie Kho of China 6-2, 6-0 in the 1938 final. Later that month, Austin reached the final of Wimbledon (l. to Budge) – where Murray is hoping to win his first Grand Slam title and become the first Briton to triumph since Fred Perry in 1936.
With a cloudless sky and bright sunshine, Murray stepped out to a wave of hope and expectation on centre court and didn’t disappoint as he broke the Blake serve to lead 2-1. However the Scot, wasn’t able to capitalise, with Blake breaking back to 2-2.
A patient Murray waited for his opportunities as he pounced the Blake serve in the 11th game to lead 6-5. The Scot then closed the set in 35 minutes after a netted forehand from the American.
In the second set, Murray earned the decisive break in the seventh game after a poor choice of shot from Blake. The Dunblane native then served it out with ease, earning the win in 67 minutes.