The cream rises to the top

17 Jun

Andy Murray wins the Aegon Championships 2013 Foto: GERRY WEBER OPEN / KET

Andy Murray and Roger Federer with some new silverware from the weekend.

With the grass-court season in full swing the cream rose to the top with the Gerry Weber Open in Halle being won by Roger Federer and the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, London won by Scot Andy Murray. Murray didn’t have things all his own way as Marin Cilic fought out a 3 setter, going down 6/3 in the third set. Queen’s form has always been a good grass-court indicator for Wimbledon and with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lleyton Hewitt semi finalists there is reason for confidence in all of their respective entourages.

Hewitt may take the mantle this year of “dangerous floater” – the sort of player you don’t want to run into early in the first week. Lleyton set the cat among the pigeons at The Queen’s Club, dispatching of seeded players Dimitrov, Querrey and Del Potro in his run to the semi. Despite his lowly ATP ranking of #82, Little Lleyton looms large as the floater to avoid.

For Federer, Halle has been a happy hunting ground as he has won the title 6 times now. It was fittingly his first title in 10 months and his 77th overall, tieing him for 3rd place on the all-time singles titles list with John McEnroe. And spare a thought for beaten finalist Mikhail Youzhny, who now has a career head to head of 15 losses 0 wins against the Fed express. Federer won his first Halle title 10 years ago – and that year also won Wimbledon. Will history repeat?

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