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Andy Murray sets sight on Queen's crown

Defending champion bids for his fifth Queen's Club title ahead of Wimbledon

London: Andy Murray has set his sights on the perfect warm-up for Wimbledon as the World No 2 eyes a record fifth title at Queen's Club.

Britian's Andy Murray gestures during the French Open final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in Paris earlier this month. Pic/Getty Images
Britian's Andy Murray gestures during the French Open final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in Paris earlier this month. Pic/Getty Images

Murray won his fourth Queen's crown last year to equal the record set by John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Boris Becker and Roy Emerson.

High on grass
Murray's grass court pedigree is among the best in the world after he memorably ended Britain's 77-year wait for a male singles champion at Wimbledon in 2013.

After losing in his first French Open final appearance against Novak Djokovic earlier this month, Murray is back on the practice courts in west London ahead of today's start at Queen's and will face French World No 49 Nicolas Mahut in the first round.

The 29-year-old Scot had lifted the Queen's trophy just a few weeks prior to that epic success and hopes a similar feat is on the cards this year as he looks to add to his two Grand Slam titles.

"If I could win it for a fifth time it would be amazing," said Murray, who made his Queen's debut as a scruffy teenager back in 2005. "The names that have won four times, they are all great tennis players."

In the quarter-finals, Murray is scheduled to face French eighth seed Gilles Simon, while France's Richard Gasquet is seeded to meet him in the last four.

Second seed Stan Wawrinka could be lying in wait if Murray reaches his fifth Queen's final.

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