Murray crowns return by claiming Queen's doubles title with Lopez

 

Murray crowns return by claiming Queens doubles title with Lopez
Britain's Andy Murray reacts to their win at match-point as he plays with Spain's Feliciano Lopez against US player Rajeev Ram and Britain's Joe Salisbury during their men's doubles final tennis match at the ATP Fever-Tree Championships tournament at Queen's Club in west London

London - Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray had hip resurfacing surgery in February

By Reuters

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Published: Sun 23 Jun 2019, 11:23 PM

Last updated: Mon 24 Jun 2019, 1:25 AM

Twice Wimbledon champion Andy Murray capped a dream return to action after five months out by winning the Queen's Club championships doubles title with Feliciano Lopez on Sunday.
The 32-year-old British favourite, five times a singles champion at the prestigious grasscourt event, looked overjoyed as he and Spaniard Lopez claimed a 7-6(6) 5-7 10-5 over Briton Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram.
For Lopez it completed an unlikely double after the 37-year-old wildcard had earlier taken the singles title for the second time, outlasting Frenchman Gilles Simon in nearly three hours.
The Spaniard belted a forehand winner to give the duo match points and when Salisbury mistimed a forehand wide off a Murray serve, the Briton jumped for joy.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray had hip resurfacing surgery in February in a bid to salvage a career that appeared to be over when he lost an emotional second-round match at this year's Australian Open.
The former world number one has reported being "pain free" as he takes his first steps back on Tour in doubles before hopefully resuming his singles career later this year.
He has been moving freely alongside Lopez this week and was clearly fired-up on Sunday as he won his first doubles title since 2011 when he partnered brother Jamie in Tokyo.



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