ATP AEGON Championships: Andy Murray to face Marin Cilic in final
Last Updated: June 16, 2013 12:20pm
Andy Murray remains on course for his third title at the AEGON Championships after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Murray was forced to wait several hours before finally getting on court at Queen's Club on Saturday due to heavy rain in west London.
But in a repeat of the 2011 final, the reigning US Open champion came through - despite losing the opening set - to set up a clash against defending champion Marin Cilic.
Tsonga broke Murray in the ninth game of the opening set after pressuring his second serve enough to make him double fault at 15-40.
And Tsonga who was having no problems with the swirling wind, closed out the set with some big serving. It was the first time that Murray had dropped a set in the tournament.
Murray had won seven of his previous eight meetings with Tsonga, and he maintained that dominance by fighting back.
The British No 1 opened up two break point opportunities on the Tsonga serve in the eighth game of the second set.
The fourth-seeded Frenchman netted from a deep Murray forehand on the second of those to hand him the opportunity to serve out the set, which he did with relative ease.
French Open semi-finalist Tsonga managed to save six break points in the third game of the deciding set before Murray eventually broke by driving his opponent further and further behind the baseline, forcing him into over-hitting his double-handed backhand long.
World No 7 Tsonga then proceeded to capitulate in front of a full house on the main court as Murray broke to love to win his fourth game in a row with some aggressive, front-foot tennis of the highest calibre.
And Murray showed no signs of nerves to serve out the contest, hammering down an ace on his first match point to reach another final.
He will next face fifth-seeded Cilic after he overcame four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt, also in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-2.
Murray will go into Sunday's noon clash confident of victory. He has an impressive 8-1 head-to-head record against the Croat and also beat him on the grass at Wimbledon last year.
It will also be the Scot's 41st ATP Tour final, but his first since he defeated David Ferrer to win the Miami Masters in March.