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Monday, June 15, 2009

Black Tennis Pro's James Blake 2009 AEGON FinalAmerican James Blake reacts after losing a point against Britain's Andy Murray during the singles final at The AEGON Championships tennis tournament at Queen's Club in west London
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Black Tennis Pro's Andy Murray Queens ClubLONDON (AP) — Andy Murray defeated James Blake 7-5, 6-4 Sunday to win the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club for his first grass-court title.

The top-seeded Murray became the first British player to win the tournament since Bunny Austin in 1938, who then went on to become the last Briton to reach the Wimbledon final.

"I was quite nervous," Murray said. "People were telling me that no (Briton) had won here for 70-odd years so that got the nerves going, especially when I was serving for the match."

Murray took an early lead with a break in the third game, but Blake immediately evened it with a forehand winner down the line. Both players then easily held serve until 5-5, when Blake missed a forehand on break point.

Black Tennis Pro's James Blake runner up AEGON Finals trophy presentationBlake accepts the runners up trophy from HRH Duchess of Gloucester (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The second set was equally competitive until Murray broke for a decisive 4-3 lead when a fierce return forced Blake to net a backhand volley.

"I didn't quite know what to expect, but this is some of the best tennis I've played in my life," said Murray, who did not drop a set all week. "I'm a long way from winning Wimbledon, but I feel confident. I'll try and not get too far ahead of myself and focus on my first match there, but if I play my best like I did this week, I've got a chance."

Blake said he was beaten by a better player, but that he was pleased with preparation for Wimbledon, which starts June 22.

"I had a good week," Blake said. "Playing on the grass, I always have a lot of fun playing here. I feel great. I've been working with my coach and trainer, and I know I'm doing the best preparation possible for Wimbledon. I'll be ready to play and feel great about my chances."

Black Tennis Pro's James Blake and Andy Murray 2009 AEGON Final
It was Murray's fourth title of the year, following victories in Doha, Rotterdam and Miami.

The sixth-seeded Blake was playing his third grass-court final, after finishing runner-up here in 2006 to Lleyton Hewitt and losing the Newport final in 2002 to Taylor Dent. He was seeking his first title since August 2007.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament to rest his knees ahead of Wimbledon.

Black Tennis Pro's Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 2009 AEGON doubles finalAmericans Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones
(Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

On day seven of the AEGON Classic at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham, England, Zimbabwean Cara Black and American Liezel Huber, the top seeds and No.1 pair in the world, won the doubles title in Edgbaston on Sunday afternoon.

Black and Huber retained the title they won together last year by defeating American No.4 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1 6-4 in under an hour.

Black Tennis Pro's Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 2009 AEGON doubles finalBlack Tennis Pro's Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 2009 AEGON doubles final

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