Murray beats Blake to win Queen's Club final
Andy Murray won his first grass-court tournament today after beating James Blake in the AEGON Championship final at Queens
The Scot exchanged early breaks with his American opponent, but made his decisive move in the 11th game when he broke to 15, and then held serve to take the set 7-5.
Blake won his first service game to love, but Murray responded by doing likewise and then claimed the first break of serve when his opponent went long with an attempted pass.
It gave the 22-year-old Briton a 2-1 lead but Blake, who has an English mother and has always received strong support at Queen's and Wimbledon, hit back immediately and then held serve to take a 3-2 lead.
The next five games also went with serve before Murray made the breakthrough, converting a break point when Blake overhit a forehand.
That gave the world number three the chance to serve for the set and when Blake netted on set point, Murray took a huge step towards the title.
The first six games of the second set went with serve before Murray secured the vital break courtesy of a sublime cross-court winner and an unforced error from Blake.
Murray was in dominant mood and easily won the following game with a combination of passing shots and powerful serves.
Blake held serve to stay in the match but it was merely delaying the inevitable as Murray held his nerve to take the set 6-4 and become the first British champion at Queen's since Bunny Austin in 1938, the same year in which Austin reached the Wimbledon final.
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