Andy Murray became the first player to capture five Queen’s Club titles this week, beating an emerging Milos Raonic 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3. Thus Murray enters Wimbledon as the champion of the preceding tournament, just as he did recently at the French Open. (Murray beat Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final just before Roland Garros.)
In Paris Djokovic reversed the Italian result, beating Murray in the final to claim his first French Open crown. The way Murray and Raonic are performing, there’s a chance (depending on the draw) that Murray will again find himself in the final of a slam against the player he last faced for a title — meaning a Wimbledon final between Murray and Raonic. (Someone, of course, would have to remove Djokovic from the equation.) The Canadian Raonic, his big serve and his temporary coach John McEnroe are all pointed toward big things on the hallowed grass of the All England Club. For the Scotsman Murray, Wimbledon is always the chief goal.