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Murray eager for Queen's momentum

ESPN staff
June 11, 2012

Defending champion Andy Murray is raring to go ahead of his AEGON Championships campaign, the Scot hoping a successful tournament will stand him in good stead before he bids to end Britain's long wait for a Wimbledon champion next month.

As ever, the pressure will be on Murray to become Britain's first man to lift the trophy at the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936, with his task made even more difficult considering the form of French Open champion Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

However, Murray - who is likely to get his Queen's bid up and running on Wednesday - is confident he can end Britain's wait, but admits his chances could hinge on how he fares in west London this week.

"I've always liked to go in to a grand slam having played a couple of matches on the surface," he said. "That's why it's good for me to play here at Queen's. I've won Queen's and I have always enjoyed playing here.

"I like the surface, the courts here are pretty much perfect grass courts and I have great memories from here. I won my very first ATP match here when I was 18 and since then I've just really enjoyed coming back and I've got great results here."

Nadal, who beat Djokovic for a seventh French Open crown on Monday, will miss the tournament along with the Serb, and Murray has warned the duo to expect difficulties when switching to grass.

"You'll very rarely see someone make the French finals and then win on grass the next week," Murray added. "It's a hard thing to do and it takes a bit of time. The surface change is hard. You try to go in to every tournament with the mentality of winning it, otherwise there's not much point in being there.

"You try and take each match as it comes but changing surfaces is not that easy."

Murray's Roland Garros run came to an end at the hands of David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage but, although disappointed not to progress deeper into the tournament, the Scot looks back on his time in Paris positively having battled through a back injury early in the tournament.

"I didn't want to lose early at the French Open but I managed to get a couple of days off, which I hadn't had in three and a half to four weeks," he said. "I really needed that for my back and its felt much better. I've had a couple of good practices on the grass and it's felt fine.

"I think the French Open went really well considering how it started out. It could have ended up being a lot worse. I wasn't feeling particularly well obviously after my second round match. It was decent I think. Quarter-finals for me on probably my least favourite surface is not terrible. I would have liked to have done better but it was okay."

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