AEGON Championships 2013
Murray, Cilic Advance To Queen's Final
by ATP Staff|
Murray has an 8-1 lead over Cilic in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, with his only defeat coming in the 2009 US Open fourth round. Murray is looking to triumph at his first tournament back after being forced to withdraw from Roland Garros with a back injury.
“It will be a very tough match. He plays well here,” said Murray. “He's won nine matches in a row and he's beaten some very tough, top grass court players this week. I'll try to play a good match tomorrow and regardless of what happens for me, it's a good step in the right direction. It’s another tough match against one of the Top 10 grass court players in the world, I would say.”
In a re-match of the 2011 final, the top-seeded Scot came from a set down to defeat fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, with play not getting underway until 6pm BST. Murray saved five of the six break points he faced to advance in one hour and 48 minutes.
The 26-year-old Murray is bidding for his third ATP World Tour title of the season, having won the Brisbane International at the start of the season (d. Dimitrov) and the Sony Open Tennis trophy in Miami in April (d. Ferrer). He has a 26-5 match record on the season.
World No. 12 Cilic is through to his second ATP World Tour final of the season after battling past four-time former champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. The Croatian triumphed on home soil at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors (d. Melzer) in February.
It had been a frustrating wait for Cilic and Hewitt, who had been due to start at 1:15pm BST. They were two hours late due to heavy rain at south-west London and when they finally did step on to court, they played only two games – Cilic breaking for an early lead – before rain started falling again.
As the skies cleared at 5:30pm, the decision was made to move the Hewitt/Cilic semi-final to Court 1, and play the clash between Murray and Tsonga on centre court, in a bid to finish both matches on Saturday.
“We wanted to play both matches on Centre Court, as scheduled, if at all possible, to give our ticket-holders the best possible chance to see both matches. Once the weather interruptions delayed us to a point where we felt we had insufficient light to complete them both on the same court, we opted to move one of them,” a tournament spokesperson said.
Another bad forecast for Sunday has forced the organisers to adjust the planned schedule. The singles final will now start at midday BST, two hours earlier than the planned 2pm start time. The doubles final will be played at the same time on Court 1, with tickets available on the gate for spectators. The Rally Against Cancer charity match will follow the singles final on Centre Court.
“All the indications are that rain will arrive mid-to-late Sunday afternoon, so we have made this decision to give ourselves the biggest possible window to play the finals and the Rally Against Cancer matches, said Aegon Championships Tournament Director Chris Kermode. “We have also made the decision as early as we can to give our ticket-holders, players, guests and broadcast partners as much time as possible to plan accordingly.”
Bryans To Face Peya/Soares For Trophy
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will play for their fifth title at The Queen’s Club. The American twins dismissed third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 6-2 in just 40 minutes to post their 17th consecutive match win.
In the final, the Bryans will take on No. 4 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, who eased past sixth-seeded Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic 7-5, 6-2. Peya and Soares are 0-3 against the Bryans this season, which included a semi-final defeat at Roland Garros in Paris.