By Glenys Furness
- Andy Murray claimed the ATP 500 doubles title at Queens
- Marks a remarkable comeback for the Brit
QUEENS CLUB, LONDON, UK – Andy Murray and Feliciano López teamed up as the Brit was looking to start the comeback trail. Expectations were low, however the pair went on to lift the title.
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Back in January, Andy Murray tearfully announced he would retire from tennis at Wimbledon, due to his hip injury. However, he then underwent surgery to become pain free. He returned to the tennis court this week at the Fever-Tree Championship. The Brit teamed up with Spaniard Feliciano López to play the doubles to test himself and his hip, as doubles is easier on the body than singles.
The draw did not appear kind to the scratch pairing as they were up against the top seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah. The Colombians were expected to win the match up. The Brit/Spaniard were pushed in the first set and a tiebreak ensued. Murray & López edged the tiebreak and took the lead. In the second set the Brit/Spaniard broke the serve of Cabal & Farah and moved into the quarter-final 7-6(5), 6-3.
In the quarter-final Murray & López were up against the all British pairing of Dan Evans & Ken Skupski. Starting late on the Friday night it was the Brit/Spaniard who took the lead by breaking in the first set. The second set saw Evans & Skupski break Murray & López but it didn’t last long. After breaking back the match was suspended over night for bad light.
Resuming the next evening Murray & López kept holding serve and the match went to a tiebreak. Evans & Skupski could not handle the Brit/Spaniard pairing and ultimately fell in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(3).
The semi-final followed straight after with Murray & López facing third seeds Henri Kontinen & John Peers. The Finn/Australian kept close to the Brit/Spaniard however found themselves broken at the end of the first set. Kontinen & Peers forced a tiebreak in the second set, which the Finn/Australian edged. The match tiebreak was full of tension, but it was Murray & López who held on to claim the win 7-5, 6-7, 10-7.
In the final Murray & López were up against Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram. The Brit/American pairing stayed close to the scratch doubles team and forced a tiebreak. The Brit/Spaniard edged a very tight breaker, at one stage Murray & López were 5-1 down. The Brit/Spaniard were one set away from the title. Salisbury & Ram had other ideas. Taking on the serve of Murray the pair broke right at the end of the second set to force a match tiebreak. Murray & López managed to get the lead and didn’t look back. They claimed the title 7-6(6), 5-7, 10-5.
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Doubles Round Up
Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Henri Kontinen & John Peers in the quarter-final at Queens 7-5, 7-6(6).
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Bob & Mike Bryan in the first round at Queens 7-6(1), 6-4.
Dom Inglot with Austin Krajicek were defeated by Raven Klaasen & Michael Venus in the first round at Halle 7-6(4), 7-6(6).
Harriet Dart with Venus Williams were defeated by Nadiia Kichenok & Abigail Spears in the first round at Birmingham 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-7.
Sarah Beth Grey & Eden Silva were defeated by Jeļena Ostapenko & Galina Voskoboeva in the first round at Birmingham 6-0, 6-7(3), 10-8.
Heather Watson with Mihaela Buzărnescu were defeated by Raquel Atawo & Lyudmyla Kichenok in the first round at Birmingham 6-4, 6-3.
Liam Broady & Scott Clayton were defeated by Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja in the first round at Ilkley 7-6(6), 6-3.
Paul Jubb & Ryan Peniston were defeated by Matt Reid & John-Patrick Smith in the first round at Ilkley 6-1, 6-1.
Jan Choinski & Evan Hoyt were defeated by Marcus Daniell & Leander Paes in the first round at Ilkley 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.
Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden were defeated by Beatriz Haddad Maia & Luisa Stefani in the first round at Ilkley 6-3, 2-6, 10-7.
Olivia Nicholls & Katie Swan were defeated by Asia Muhammad & Maria Sanchez in the first round at Ilkley 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Daniel Siddall with Kody Pearson were defeated by David Fox & William Bushamuka in the first round at Tulsa 6-3, 6-7(5), 11-9.
David Fox with William Bushamuka were defeated by Maxime Cressy & Bernardo Saraiva in the quarter-final at Tulsa 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.
Camille Verden Anderson with Anna Reidmiller were defeated by Alycia Parks & Holly Verner in the first round at Denver 6-3, 6-4.
Tom Hands with Rikhardt Bierman were defeated by Ben Jones & Vladyslav Orlov in the semi-final at Israel 6-3, 6-3.
Ben Jones with Vladyslav Orlov defeated Yannai Barkai & Jordan Hasson in the final at Israel 7-6(4), 6-2.
Ema Lazic with Yuval Keren were defeated by Yekaterina Dmitrichenko & Anatasia Zakharova in the quarter-final at Israel 6-2, 6-2.
Patrick Foley with Michael-John Every were defeated by Benjamin Lock & Courtney Lock in the quarter-final at Zimbabwe 6-2, 6-1.
Joshua Paris with Martin Beran were defeated by S D Prajwal Dev & Rishi Reddy in the final at Zimbabwe 7-6(5), 6-4.
Toby Martin & Barnaby Smith defeated Daniel Michalski & Kacper Zuk in the final at Tunisia 5-7, 6-1, 10-8.
Emily Arbuthnott with Ana Danilina defeated Lina Gjorcheska & Anastasiya Komardina in the final at Sweden 3-6, 6-2, 10-4.
Amanda Carreras with Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers were defeated by Mai Hontama & Inês Murta in the first round at Portugal 6-3, 6-1.
Next week Brits play in Eastbourne, Roehampton, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, China, France & Holland.
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