Lexus Surbiton Trophy 2023: Andy Murray breaks new record as Surbiton champion
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Andy Murray defeated Jurij Rodionov to win the Lexus Surbiton Trophy for the first time in his career.
Murray put in a dominant performance to beat the Austrian 6-3, 6-2 - becoming the oldest player to win a grass court ATP Challenger event at the age of 36.
This is Murray’s first title on the grass since his last Wimbledon triumph in 2016 and marks the second trophy of his season so far.
He is now only the sixth player to win Challenger titles on both clay and grass in the same season since 1978.
"It’s great obviously," he said in his on court post match interview. "We don’t get too many chances and these grass court tournaments aren’t easy ones to win but it’s brilliant to win another one. It's been the perfect start to the grass season.
"My kids are always asking me if I go away, come home with a trophy and it’s been rare. I’ll be bringing it home today."
Murray had to be on high alert in the opening game of the first set – needing an ace to rescue an early break point for the Austrian as he started to settle into the match.
Gunning for his second Challenger title this year, Murray’s experience and quality on the grass began to show. Pushing Rodionov into long, hard rallies, the former world No.1 got his break for a 4-2 lead thanks to four unforced errors from the Austrian in the same game.
Murray’s serving has been one of the most impressive parts of his game this week and the Brit dropped just six points on serve to wrap up the first set of the final in 36 minutes.
Confidence sky high, the 36-year-old continued to push Rodionov beyond his comfort zone on the grass and found himself a break up in just the third game of the second set – consistently asking the Austrian to play one more shot.
At 3-1, 0-40 on Rodionov's serve, the players had to run off court as a storm came in that would delay the finale for a few hours.
Any questions that the break could shake his momentum were quickly squashed as Murray broke for 4-1 straight out of the gate. Serving for the match, he hit his seventh and eighth ace of the match to complete yet another historic win on the British grass.
Murray will now move on to another ATP Challenger event at the Rothesay Open Nottingham, where he will be the highest ranked player in the men's singles draw.