AEGON Championships: Andy Murray wins his third Queen's title
Last Updated: June 17, 2013 11:46am
Andy Murray: Perfect preparation for Wimbledon
Britain's Andy Murray won the AEGON Championships for the third time with a three-set victory over Croatian Marin Cilic in the final at Queen's.
Cilic, the world No 12 and defending champion, won the first set after the players finally took to the court following a lengthy rain delay, but world No 2 Murray hit back to complete a 5-7 7-5 6-3 win.
The 26-year-old Scot's third successful Queen's campaign in five years, following previous victories in west London in 2009 and 2011, took his career tally of ATP Tour titles to 27 and ended his wait for a first tournament win since the Miami Masters in March.
Murray, who now holds a 9-1 record against Cilic, had entered the tournament with little match-practice having sat out the French Open due to a back injury.
He also suffered a scare as he twisted awkwardly and hit the floor when leading 4-3 in the first set, but there appeared to be no lasting damage.
Things started well enough for the reigning US Open and Olympic champion as he raced into a 4-1 lead in the first set.
Cilic fought back to 4-3 before Murray suffered his fall.
Although he did not require any attention from the trainer, it seemed to have a knock-on affect on the Scot, who showed signs of frustration as Cilic went on to seal the first set.
The second set started with both players holding their serve before Murray steadily upped his game.
He almost broke Cilic in the sixth game, wasting three break-points as the Croatian held to level the set.
The remaining games were played out with the serve until Murray broke in the 12th game to level the match and set-up a deciding third set.
The Murray serve was improving all the time with Cilic looking increasingly unlikely to force a crucial break, whilst his own serve was starting to waiver.
Murray took full advantage to break for 3-1 and had another three break points to go 5-1 ahead. Cilic saved those but succumbed in Murray's next service game.