Published: Wed, June 26, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Metal hip Murray hails 'special' doubles title

Metal hip Murray hails 'special' doubles title

"I have really enjoyed it".

Yet despite everybody in sport thinking he was completely finished as an elite performer, Murray came to the Fever-Tree Championships this week and once again lifted silverware above his head. Obviously we're a bit disappointed now, but we'll look back and see we played well this week."A forehand victor from Salisbury on Murray's serve gave his team a 4-3 lead in the opening set, but the Brit couldn't convert on a set point on his serve at 5-4 and sent a forehand volley long".

Lopez, who must have been running on empty, somehow conjured up a series of stunning winners in the match tie-break to secure his own personal double and an unexpected, but welcome victory for Murray.

"It's not just to get back on the court playing singles", he said. 'I've won the tournament here alongside Feli with a metal hip, it's mental. This would mean he would return to the singles tour sometime in September after the US Open, possibly in China at one of the three tournaments played there. He is the first wild card victor since Pete Sampras 20 years ago, and only the third player to win both the singles and doubles titles in the same year, after Sampras in 1995 and Mark Philippoussis in 1997.

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And today, Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez defeated Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 7-6 (6), 5-7, 10-5 to lift their title in the west London club.

"This happens maybe once in a lifetime", Lopez said post-match, per Ricky Dimon.

Andy Murray's continuing search for a partner in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon - which is starting to resemble a Tinder quest - took a comic turn on Saturday when Johanna Konta was asked if she had joined the queue, or even been approached. "This is really insane", he said.

"This is very different for me, and it's more special than a lot of the singles tournaments that I have won for a lot of different reasons", said the five-time victor of the singles title here. In January he had said he was planning to retire after Wimbledon because of the severe pain he felt on a daily basis. I need to improve the range of motion in my hip, as well, so that when I'm changing direction and things that there is a bit more freedom for it to move around. The fact that he can play again makes him happy and he is prepared to take his time over what
happens next. With Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez returning and volleying perfectly they led by 8-4. They forced three break points at 3-3 in the second against the Ram serve, but the American held firm. Lopez was on court over four hours during the day. Lopez came out triumphant after another two hours and 49 minutes.

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