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Murray crowns comeback with doubles triumph

Murray and Lopez

Victory at the double: Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez


 

Five months after announcing he may never be able to play tennis again, Andy Murray added another title to his CV with victory in the men’s doubles at Queen’s.

The Scot continued a remarkable recovery after hip surgery to partner Feliciano Lopez to a 7-6 5-7 10-5 win over Briton Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram.

Many observers never expected to see the three-times Grand Slam winner back in competitive action again after his tearful admission that the Australian Open in January could be his last tournament. However, his winning instinct was never far below the surface.

“My hip felt great, there was no pain,” he said after victory at Queen’s where he won five singles titles.

“I’ve enjoyed it, I felt very relaxed at the beginning of the week, then I started getting more nervous as the week continued and my competitive instincts were kicking in.”

The win secured a famous double for Lopez, who earlier tin the day had been crowned singles champion.

Hailing his partner’s recovery, Lopez said: “I’m so happy to have this man playing with me. We’re so happy that you’re back on a tennis court.”

Former world No. 1 Murray is competing this week in the doubles at Eastbourne with a new partner – the Brazilian Marcelo Melo – and is due to partner multiple doubles Grand Slam champion Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon next month. Murray said he is giving some thought to playing singles at the US Open.

Lopez is the first player since Australia’s Mark Philippoussis in 1997 to win both the singles and doubles titles at Queen’s in the same year.



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