Andy Murray was made to work hard for his third title of the year as he needed three sets to defeat the defending champion Marin Cilic in London 5-7 7-5 6-3.
Murray started well, rushing into a 4-1 lead and playing some great tennis but a poor service game saw him broken shortly after. Cilic would then tie it up at 4 all but more concerning was a Murray fall that happened when he was attempting to change direction possibly troubling his groin. However, he didn’t call the trainer but looked troubled for a few games after. Cilic would finally get the break and serve for the set at 6-5 after a Murray drop shot didn’t get a favourable touch from the net and went wide. Murray had the chance to earn a tiebreak going 15-40 on the Cilic serve but they were quickly wiped out as the Croatian eventually held to take the set.
After struggling on serve for much of the first, Murray didn’t face another break point in the next two sets and had four love holds in the second. He would fail to convert a 15-40 midway through the set but finally converted in the 12th game as Cilic served for a tiebreak thanks to some fine returning.
Cilic was struggling to keep to high standard he played in the first as errors began to flow, and gave away the break when he put a forehand out. Murray held for 4-1 and would have chances for the double break but the Croatian kept himself in the match for the short term saving three break points. After holding for 5-2, Murray had a chance to end the match on return but netted a backhand as Cilic eventually held. He would have no problems serving it out, taking the match at the second opportunity after Cilic netted a forehand.
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