Queen Elizabeth II was 12-years-old when a Brit had last won the Queen's Club. Seventy-one years ago, in 1938, Bunny Austin raised the trophy in the name of Great Britain.
Whether or not the Queen pays attention to the tennis being played in the city in which she resides, the country has surely long-awaited a native winner of the AEGON Championships. While this tournament obviously doesn't have the weight of Wimbledon, it is the next biggest tournament that Great Britain holds annually.
Andy Murray of Scotland has finally turned these probably dwindling hopes into cheers throughout the nation as the country begins to realize their new hope for a grand slam.
The closest Britain has come to winning this tournament since 1938, was 10 years ago when Pete Sampras beat Tim Henman in a three-setter that took over two and a half hours to complete.
Murray not only kept the country from sweating as much as it did on that June day in 1999, but actually finished the deal with a victory. His 7-5, 6-4 win over James Blake on Sunday reminded everyone in the world of his promise and his quick ascent to super-stardom.
This was Murray's fourth ATP Tour win of the year and the twelfth of his career. His 40-6 record in 2009 is proving he has what it takes to compete at the highest level.
Murray performed exceptionally well in his first AEGON Championships final experience. Blake had been in the final of the tournament once before but was quickly shown to be out-matched.
Blake served only one ace to Murray's seven, and was clearly manhandled by Murray's serve, winning only six return points on the first serve over the course of the match. Murray converted on all three of his break chances, leaving Blake with more ground to make up than he could handle.
Overall, the match was well-played on both sides, but the better player won. Murray's grit and assertiveness carried him to yet another title and more confidence heading forward.
Both players look forward to resuming their play at Wimbledon on June 22, where Andy Murray will look to follow one more footstep of Austin's and represent the British in the final there.
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