Andy Murray & Tsonga set for delayed Queen's final


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  • Venue: Queen's Tennis Club, London
  • Date: Monday 13 June
  • Coverage: Live on BBC Two from 1230, online (UK only) and BBC HD and text commentary (#bbctennis) on BBC Sport website; and commentary on Radio 5 live
Andy Murray

Magnificent Andy Murray beats Andy Roddick in the semi-final

Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga go head-to-head at Queen's Club on Monday after the final was washed out for only the third time in the tournament's history.

The Aegon Championships final get going at 1230 BST, with 1,000 tickets available for £10 on the gate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Most tickets were snapped up on Sunday night by tennis fans within an hour after persistent rain forced it to be rescheduled.

The match is live on BBC Two, BBC Sport website and Radio 5 live as Murray, Britain's number one and world number four, attempts to win his second Queen's title after tasting success on the grass in London in 2009.

To sell out within an hour is a measure of the popularity of the tournament and the players that ticket-holders will get to see

Chris Kermode Queen's tournament director

The pre-Wimbledon event is carrying over into a second Monday for the first time since Boris Becker beat Jimmy Connors in 1987.

Tournament director Chris Kermode said: "After a frustrating day on Sunday it has been very rewarding and encouraging to see the huge reaction to tickets going on sale for the Monday final.

"To sell out within an hour is a measure of the popularity of the tournament and the players that ticket-holders will get to see. Andy Murray is one of the very best tennis players in the world, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga oozes charisma."

There was no play whatsoever on Sunday, despite the scheduled start time being brought forward to 1200 BST.

The rain abated in the Baron's Court area at 1530 BST, prompting the removal of the covers and renewed hope that the match might take place Sunday afternoon.

However, when another band of rain returned after 1600 BST the covers were rolled back on to court and the chance of the match taking place on Sunday reduced even further.

Murray is looking to regain the title he won two years ago and complete the perfect Wimbledon preparation when the final does get under way.

Tsonga, ranked 19th in the world, ended hopes of an unexpected all-British final with victory over James Ward on Saturday - but is likely to find Murray a far stiffer test.

The world number four was in scintillating form as he destroyed four-time champion Andy Roddick in the first of the semi-finals, and the Scot has won four of his five matches against Tsonga, among them a quarter-final victory at Wimbledon last year.

"I enjoy playing against him," said Murray. "He's a great athlete. He's similar in a few ways to Andy [Roddick].

"He's very flashy, a great shot-maker, can be a little bit erratic at times, but he's one of the best grass-court players in the world, for sure."

For his part, Tsonga is not worried about facing a Briton - and the home crowd - for the second day running.

Murray delighted with form

"I feel good because I know they like me," said the Frenchman. "They like my game. This is sports.

"Sometimes you play in a country, and you play against the countryman and the crowd is behind the other player. This is sports - I accept that. I will try to play my best tennis to win anyway."

Murray showed against Roddick that he is well and truly over the ankle injury that had troubled him since the middle of the French Open, and he now has the chance to win a first title since beating Roger Federer at the Shanghai Masters last October.

"It wasn't the priority coming into the tournament, it will be come Wimbledon," said Murray. "But winning in any sport is good, it gives you confidence. Winning titles is something that you look back on at the end of your career and remember."

Murray beat James Blake two years ago to become the first British winner at Queen's Club since 1938, and another success on Sunday will make him the first Briton since Arthur Lowe in 1914 to claim the tournament on two occasions.

Wimbledon, and a first Grand Slam title, remains the priority though, and his semi-final form was a timely boost.

"It gives me the message that I'm in a good place now," said Murray. "I'm playing well. I struggled at times this year, and I feel like now I'm playing really good tennis again. Physically I feel good, which is important.

"My game is where it needs to be right now. That's all you can ask for. Regardless of how the final goes, it's been the perfect week in many ways and I'll use the next five, six days to really work hard and get myself mentally and physically ready for Wimbledon."

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