A kiss for mum as tennis ace Andy wins pre-Wimbledon thriller

A kiss for mum as tennis ace Andy wins pre-Wimbledon thriller

His excellent performances in the last year have kept spectators on the edge of their seats, and Scottish star Andy Murray proved his net capabilities once again at the weekend.

He became the first Brit in over 70 years to win at Queen's - the tournament traditionally regarded as an indicator of pre-Wimbledon form.

The 22-year-old - who is the highest-ranked UK tennis player - stormed to victory against America's James Blake after an hour and eight minutes of impressive action.    

He celebrated by rushing over to kiss his mother Judy, also his coach, and clasping hands jubilantly with his girlfriend Kim.  
 
Despite his 7-5, 6-4 triumph, Andy's celebrations will no doubt be short and sweet as he turns his attention to Wimbledon, which kicks off on June 22.  

"I'm a long way from winning Wimbledon," the Scot revealed modestly after his win at Queen's.  "I feel confident but I try not to get too far ahead of myself before I've played my first match there.  

"If I play my best like I have this week I've got a chance, but two of the greatest players of all time (Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer) are going to be there and it will be tough to get past them."

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Monday June 15, 2009

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