Neither a revved up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga nor the awful weather could prevent Andy Murray reaching a third Queen’s Club final on Saturday as he battled back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Murray was to face champion Marin Cilic in yesterday’s final after the Croat triumphed 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 against Lleyton Hewitt.
After persistent showers kept the players off court for most of the day, Murray emerged into the evening gloom to find Tsonga playing tennis of the highest caliber.
The US Open champion was outclassed in the opening set and faced two break points in the seventh game of the second as the Frenchman tightened the screw.
However, Murray managed to get a handle on the Tsonga serve that had bamboozled him in the early stages and turned the encounter on its head, quickly gaining the psychological edge.
Having missed the French Open with a back injury, Murray is still easing his way back to full fitness and will be pleased to have come through a testing workout against a player who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros this month, beating Roger Federer on the way.
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Reuters, HALLE, Germany
Roger Federer edged closer to his first title of the season when he came from a set down to beat defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and book a place in yesterday’s Gerry Weber Open final against Mikhail Youzhny.
The Swiss looked sharp on grass as he prepares for his title defense at Wimbledon later this month.
Youzhny outclassed Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-2.