ANDY Murray gave his fans a fright before recovering to beat Croatia's Marin Cilic to win the Aegon Championships for the third time at Queen's Club yesterday.
The world number two, who missed the French Open with a back injury, won a rain-delayed final 5-7 7-5 6-3 to give himself a timely boost for Wimbledon, which starts in a week.
Murray, runner-up at Wimbledon last year, suffered a painful-looking slip when leading 4-3 in the first set, and went on to lose the opener against the defending champion.
"The courts had taken a bit of a pounding this week and it's been extremely wet," Murray, who had a break point when he took his tumble, said on court before preparing for a doubles exhibition match against coach Ivan Lendl.
"It was just a bit sore on the groin area but thankfully it wasn't too bad."
Murray looked in complete control in the opening set, breaking Cilic's opening service game with ease and moving comfortably into a 4-2 lead.
But Cilic took advantage of Murray's errors to break back and served out the set at 7-5.
The second set went with serve until Cilic wavered at 5-6. A silky lob from Murray gave him a glimmer of a break and he took his chance to level the match.
And the home favourite produced some dazzling winners in the final set to wrap up the title.
"He is one of the best grasscourt players in the world and we've known each other since juniors and played a lot of tough matches," Murray said of Cilic.
"He was playing very well at the end of the second set and I was a bit fortunate to come through."