Queens Club in 2009 was a special occasion.
Andy Murray was the top seed looking for his first title in London ahead of Wimbledon.
James Blake stood in the Brit’s way of making history on British soil and did win his first title 7-5 6-4 against the American.
Murray’s win was the first in the singles of Queens Club by a British player since Henry Austin back in 1938.
You can see fan footage of the championship point below:
Many asked the question over the years as the titles continued to be picked up by Murray at the Queens Club, could he become the record holder?
Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and John McEnroe had all won on four occasions but no one stood out with a 5th.
Following Murray’s win in 2009 he then went out in the third round to Mardy Fish as Sam Querrey defeated his fellow American to the title.
It turned into an event Murray did well at during odd numbered years.
In 2011 he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from a set down and likewise did the same against Marin Cilic in 2013.
2015 was a tougher task, the event had been promoted from an ATP250 to an ATP500 event which increased the draw and brought in some of the best.
Nadal and Wawrinka were on site that year but they were two of the five top eight seeds who just didn’t make it past round three! Murray saw off the big serving South African Kevin Anderson to equal the record of Becker, Hewitt, Roddick and McEnroe with four titles.
In 2016 the question was, could he win this event for fifth time and for a consecutive time in his career for the first time?
Nicolas Mahut put on an early test for Murray who came through 7-6 7-6 against the Frenchman. To make it to the semi-finals he had to see off two British players in Aljaz Bedene and the wildcard Kyle Edmund in three sets.
Next up was another challenge in Marin Cilic who had previously won the tournament to. Murray was forced to three sets and in the final it was a similar story but had to come from a set down to win his record breaking 5th titles at Queens Club in a even numbered year for the first time.
Queens has always been a happy hunting ground for Murray and titles in 2013 and 2016 followed with him winning Wimbledon on both occasions.
This record of Murray’s at the Queens Club is simply incredible and one I’ve enjoyed watching over the years. Only two other active players have more than one Queens Club title at the moment and they are Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez and I think this record will be held for quite some time.
Not only has he of course won five singles titles but also that doubles title with Feliciano last year in his first tournament back following his hip injury!