Tennis: Murray defeats Raonic, overtakes McEnroe, Becker with fifth Queen's Club title

Canada's Milos Raonic returns the ball against Britain's Andy Murray during the final match at the Aegon Tennis Championships at the Queen's Club in London, Britain, on June 19, 2016.
Canada's Milos Raonic returns the ball against Britain's Andy Murray during the final match at the Aegon Tennis Championships at the Queen's Club in London, Britain, on June 19, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

(AFP) - Andy Murray made history at Queen's Club as the defending champion fought back to win the Wimbledon warm-up event for a record fifth time with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic on Sunday (June 19).

Murray was on the ropes for a set and a half in west London, but the world No. 2 staged a gritty revival to surpass a group of eight four-time Queen's champions including John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt.

The 29-year-old survived a barrage of 14 aces from Raonic to finally subdue the Canadian fifth seed in two hours and 13 minutes, in the process becoming the first player to successfully defend the title since Roddick in 2005.

But by the time former Wimbledon champion Murray came to pick up the oversized trophy, there was an empty seat where his notoriously taciturn coach Ivan Lendl had been sitting - much to the amusement and fake indignation of the Briton.

"It was nice of Ivan to stick around for the presentation!" Murray said with a grin. "It's a pleasure to play in front of someone like John McEnroe and any time you can do something a bit better than someone like him, then that's amazing."

Murray's success maintained his 100 percent record in Queen's finals in the week he reunited with coach Ivan Lendl, who will have relished getting the better of old rival McEnroe in his new role as Raonic's coach.