An era of dominance
Between 2011 and 2016, Murray went on an incredible run in winning four out of six Queen’s singles tournaments to become the all-time leading champion.
In 2011, he made up for his injury withdrawal against Roddick in 2008 by defeating the American 6-3, 6-1 to reach his second final where he faced a familiar rival in Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
With rain delays throughout the Sunday, this would be only the third final to be played on a Monday in the history of the event. After going a set down, Murray showed nerves of steel to edge a second set tie-break and eventually round off a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 win over the Frenchman.
Murray was dealt a shock defeat at the hands of Nicolas Mahut in the second round in 2012 before going on to reach his first Wimbledon final, but in 2013 everything came together for the British star.
He once again battled past Tsonga in three-sets to make his third Queen’s final, where he took down Marin Cilic in yet another Queen’s classic. An inspired Murray fought back from a set down to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 33 minutes. It was just weeks later of course that Murray took the final step in lifting the Wimbledon trophy – breaking more records in becoming the first Brit to do so since Fred Perry in 1936 after defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
2016 marked a year of dominance for Murray. He became world No.1 for the first time, won an astonishing 78 matches and claimed nine ATP titles – including Queen’s.
Murray beat fellow Brit Kyle Edmund and Cilic again in three-sets to progress to the final. Keen to keep his 100% record in Queen’s finals alive, for a third time in his career Murray battled from a set down to beat Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 and in doing so, becoming the most successful playing in the tournament’s history.
In July Murray would then seal his second Wimbledon title, beating Raonic once again.
In the years that followed, Murray was unfortunately hampered with injury setbacks, preventing him from performing at his best at Queen’s.
A long run at the French Open only weeks before, saw him lose to Jordan Thompson in the second round in 2017 and on his long awaited return from injury in 2018 he lost to Nick Kyrgios.
Continuing to struggle with injuries, Murray was elected to only play doubles through the 2019 grass court season – forming a dream team partnership with Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.
In his first event coming off the back of hip surgery, Murray would win his sixth and latest Queen’s title. He and Lopez beat Brits Dan Evans and Ken Skupski in the quarter-finals before edging Henri Kontinen and John Peers in a match tie-break in the semis.
On finals day, Lopez returned after winning the singles final to become only the third person to complete the Queen’s double, as the British, Spanish duo beat the now world No.1 Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 7-6(6), 5- 7, 10-5.
Murray made his singles return to the cinch Championships in 2021, claiming a win over Benoit Paire in the opening round before losing to eventually champion Matteo Berrettini.
“I love it, I just love playing tennis,” said an emotional Murray after his first singles win at Queen’s since 2016.
“Competing is why you put in the hard work and the last few years I haven’t been able to do that as much as I’d like and it’s great that I’m out here. I want to make the most of every match that I play and each tournament that I get the chance to compete in.”
So what next for Murray and his love affair with the Queen’s Club? The six-time champion will return again in 2022 in a star-studded line-up that includes nine Brits across the singles, doubles and wheelchair events.
While we wait with anticipation for the drama to unfold, the one thing we know is you will not want to miss it…