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Murray defeats Blake to win Queen's title

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  • Andy Murray claims his first-ever grass-court title with victory at Queen's Club
  • The top seed defeats American James Blake in straight sets in Sunday's final
  • Germany's Tommy Haas shocks Novak Djokovic in the Halle grass-court final
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(CNN) -- Top seed Andy Murray claimed his first-ever grass-court title with a straight sets victory over American James Blake in the final of the AEGON Championship at Queen's Club in London on Sunday.

Andy Murray proved unstoppable at Queen's this week to become the first British winner for 71 years.

Andy Murray proved unstoppable at Queen's this week to become the first British winner for 71 years.

World number three Murray warmed up for Wimbledon in superb style by defeating sixth seed Blake 7-5 6-4, to complete a perfect week in which he did not drop a set.

The victory means Murray becomes the first British champion at Queen's since Bunny Austin in 1938 -- the same year in which Austin also reached the Wimbledon final.

The Scot's victory, his fourth on the ATP Tour this year, takes his career haul to 12 titles and makes him one of the firm favorites for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days time.

"It's been a great week for me," Murray said in a courtside interview. "This is some of the best tennis I've ever played in my life.

"I was quite nervous because people were telling me no Briton had won here for quite a while but when I had my chances I managed to take them. The only thing left for me is to win a Grand Slam. Hopefully I can do that at Wimbledon in a couple of weeks."

Blake added: "Andy is in pretty good form. Everyone knows that and I really want to congratulate him on a great week."

Meanwhile, the women's championship, held in Birmingham, was won by 13th seed Magdalena Rybarikova. The 20-year-old Slovakian, ranked 58th in the world, claimed her first career title with a 6-0 7-6 victory over Chinese fourth seed Li Na.

There was a major surprise in the final of the Halle grass-court event in Germany, when local favorite Tommy Haas continued his spectacular return to form this week by defeating second seed Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

Roger Federer's withdrawal from the tournament made world number four Djokovic a hot favorite to take the title, but the Serb proved no match for the rejuvenated Haas, who won 6-3 6-7 6-1 to claim his first ATP tournament victory since Memphis in 2007.

"It is unbelievable to win here," the 31-year-old Haas told a delighted crowd. "When I travelled here, I would have never believed that I would end the week with the title. I would like to thank the public for their great support, it has really been a wonderful week for me."

Djokovic admitted: "Tommy completely deserves this win, but one of the good things I will take out of this week is the practice I got for Wimbledon."

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