Murray's dream comeback continues

Murray's dream comeback continues

22 June 2019 / 20:22

Andy Murray's comeback continued on in sensational fashion as he and doubles partner Feliciano Lopez beat third seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 10-7 to reach the men’s doubles final at Queen's.

The pair will face fellow Brit Joe Salisbury and his partner Rajeev Ram in Sunday’s final as Murray’s dream return to the sport continued five months after career-saving hip surgery.

The result was even more remarkable given Lopez and Murray came into the contest having just wrapped up their quarter-final victory over Dan Evans and Ken Skupski 6-4 7-6 (7-3) and Lopez in the match before that had booked his place in the men’s singles final with a 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-4 win over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

"It was a good match. We obviously had some chances to finish it in the second set,” Murray said afterwards.

"I played a bad service game. It was an unbelievable effort from Feliciano. He's played a lot of tennis in the last couple of days. He's not young anymore.

"He played brilliant, served unbelievably well. I'm very happy to be in the final."

The first set went on serve until the 11th game when the Murray of old reared its head. At 30-40 down a classic Murray return and a trademark shout of “come on” spurred him and Lopez to a crucial break.

In the following game, after losing the opening two points, Murray was again at the heart of a brilliant comeback as a couple of superb serves secured the first set, finished off with a ace.

The third seeds then showed their class as they raced into a three love lead in the second set, breaking the Lopez-Murray serve in the second game.

However, a mixture of sloppy unforced errors from Kontinen and Peers, including several double faults, and Murray and Lopez upping their standard with great service and return play saw a comeback to four and then five games all.

Onwards still the set see-sawed as it went into a tiebreak and this time the third seeds prevailed, a succession of powerful serves and forehands from Kontinen and Peers taking the match into a champions tiebreak.

Murray and Lopez took an early advantage in the first to ten champions tiebreak, taking 6-3 and 7-5 leads before rounding the match out to the joy of a jubilant Queens Club crowd.

Compatriot Salisbury and Ram earlier beat the Bryan brothers 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (10-8) to book their encounter with Murray and Lopez.  

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