Andy Murray’s grass court season looks set to get off to the best possible start with a victory at Queen’s.
Murray romped past Andy Roddick in his semi-final, 6-3 6-1, playing some of the best tennis of his career. However, he knows how difficult it is to maintain that form and is expecting a tougher time against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in today’s final.
He said: “Everything I was trying, every passing shot I hit, was always in the right spot.
“I hardly gave him a chance on anything. Sometimes against Andy you guess on the serves – I guessed right every single time today. I don’t really remember him acing me hardly in the match.
“I was just seeing the ball really early, and it’s difficult to do that every single day.”
Tsonga had a similarly easy time of things in his semi against Britain’s James Ward, winning 6-3 7-6.
However, the world No.17 will have a much tougher task against Murray and all the evidence points to a Murray victory.
The pair have met five times previously with Murray winning four. They met just once on grass during that period – at last year’s Wimbledon – with Murray winning in four sets.
Murray may find it hard to emulate his form of yesterday, but he should still have too much for the Frenchman.
Backing Murray to win at 1/4 is the safest bet, but putting some cash on the match to finish 2-1 at 3/1 could yield a very tidy profit.