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Murray hails perfect Wimbledon warm-up

ESPN staff
June 17, 2013

Andy Murray described his Aegon Championships victory as the perfect preparation for Wimbledon, but does not expect his third victory at Queen's to have any bearing on his hopes of landing a second grand slam title.

The world No. 2, who lost in last year's Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, claimed his third title of the season with a 5-7 7-5 6-3 victory over last year's champion Marin Cilic.

And after skipping the French Open with a back injury, Murray was thrilled to prove his fitness and form in his final warm-up event before heading to the All England Club.

"It's been really good," Murray told Sky Sports News. "My first match was a tough one, and obviously my last two, with [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga and Cilic, they're very good grass court players - Cilic won here last year, and I played Tsonga at the semis at Wimbledon - two tough opponents.

"To get matches like that before Wimbledon is just perfect."

The grass courts at Queen's are regarded as the finest in the world and the ideal proving ground before heading to SW19, but Murray played down the notion that his third title in five years would boost his chances of landing a second grand slam.

"Obviously it helps [to win a title], but I'd say that happens in every single tournament. It's not different just because it's Wimbledon," Murray said.

"There's no guarantees at all in sport. You've got to go in there, work hard, and be prepared to go through some tough moments and find a way to deal with them. Hopefully I can do that at Wimbledon."

Nevertheless, Murray was proud to extend his winning record at Queen's after collecting his third title in five years in West London.

"It's nice because it's not an easy tournament to win," he added. "You look at the list of players that have won this. Some of the greatest players that have played have won here, and they always get a really, really strong field with top grass-court players.

"To come through after the last three, four weeks is really, really nice - hopefully I can add to that next year."

Men's rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Andy Murray (GBR), 3. Roger Federer (SUI), 4. David Ferrer (ESP), 5. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 6. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 8. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 9. Richard Gasquet (FRA), 10. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI).

Women's rankings: 1. Serena Williams (USA), 2. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 3. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 5. Sara Errani (ITA), 6. Li Na (CHN), 7. Angelique Kerber (GER), 8. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 9. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 10. Maria Kirilenko (RUS).

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