Points won by each set: [ 36-38, 27-25, 28-23 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
29 % Murray – 25 of 84
33 % Raonic – 31 of 93

Murray [2] won the Queens Club title in 2015, then in his next six finals he faced only Djokovic (2-4 record), so after 12 months something new for Murray as far as the finals are concerned. In the opening set Murray was twice two points away, first at 5:4 (30-all) as Raonic served a sliced ace, then at 5-all in the tie-break – Raonic [9] got the point with an overhead following Murray’s return. The Scot seemed discouraged after dropping a tight set (his first tie-break loss having won 7 in a row), and quickly lost the first three games of the 2nd set. Yet he regrouped, and won five straight games. He also managed to break Raonic’s serve twice in the decider. John McEnroe was courtside for the final in his role as coach to Raonic, with the American’s old adversary Ivan Lendl in the opposite corner after rejoining the Murray camp this week. “It was nice of him to stick around for the presentation,” Murray joked after seeing that Lendl had quickly left the court. “It was obviously a good first week back together.” In terms of the scoreline, reminiscence of the Queens Club final 29 years before.

Murray’s route to his 37th title (5th at Queens Club):
1 Nicolas Mahut 7-6(8), 7-6(1)
2 Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4
Q Kyle Edmund 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
S Marin Cilic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
W Milos Raonic 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3

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