Sport Murray on road to top form

23:26  19 june  2017
23:26  19 june  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Murray on road to top form

  Murray on road to top form Andy Murray believes he is on the road to recovering top form as he hunts for a record sixth title at the Aegon Championships.Andy Murray believes he is on the road to recovering top form as the British No 1 begins his hunt for a record sixth title at the Aegon Championships on Tuesday.

Andy Murray believes he is on the road to recovering top form as the British No 1 begins his hunt for a record sixth title at the Aegon Championships on Tuesday. Murray opens up against British number four Aljaz Bedene at Queen's Club

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Andy Murray believes he is on the road to recovering top form as the British No 1 begins his hunt for a record sixth title at the Aegon Championships on Tuesday.

Murray opens up against British number four Aljaz Bedene at Queen's Club, where he is hoping to reclaim the trophy he won last year and find rhythm ahead of the start of Wimbledon on July 3.

The 30-year-old has endured a disappointing year by his own high standards, losing eight of his 29 singles matches and five of those to opponents ranked outside the top 20.

But, with coach Ivan Lendl back by his side, there was room for encouragement at the French Open last month, where he reached the semi-finals before succumbing over five sets to Stan Wawrinka.

Andy Murray not expecting to emulate Roger Federer by winning Grand Slams at 35 or 36

  Andy Murray not expecting to emulate Roger Federer by winning Grand Slams at 35 or 36 Andy Murray is hoping to make the most of his last few years with Wimbledon approaching.Federer defied injuries and age as the 35-year-old returned from six months out to shock the world when he went all the way in Melbourne and won the 2017 Australian Open in January.

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LONDON: Andy Murray says he has only a couple of years left at the top of men's tennis Fortunately for Murray 's hopes of more silverware, he heads into the grass-court campaign back in form after The road to Wimbledon begins across west London at the Queen's Club next week, when Murray will

"Obviously I am playing better now than I was before the French," Murray said. "In practice, I am hitting the ball a lot better than I was before the start of the tournament there but there are still a lot of things I felt could be better in Paris.

"I was a lot closer to where I wanted to be but still far from where I wanted to be playing, so that is why I got back onto the practice courts so soon, to work on some things.

"This surface is a little bit more natural for me, which helps, but I have had to practice a lot this week."

Murray took only two days off following his exit at Roland Garros and by last Monday was already out hitting again on his favoured surface of grass.

He remains world number one but stands as most observers' second favourite to win Wimbledon behind Roger Federer, who clinched his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January, but not Bedene.

Andy Murray not expecting to emulate Roger Federer by winning Grand Slams at 35 or 36

  Andy Murray not expecting to emulate Roger Federer by winning Grand Slams at 35 or 36 Andy Murray is hoping to make the most of his last few years with Wimbledon approaching.Federer defied injuries and age as the 35-year-old returned from six months out to shock the world when he went all the way in Melbourne and won the 2017 Australian Open in January.

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"I would say Andy is favourite," Bedene said. "Obviously Queen's is the second biggest tournament on grass, and it's a good preparation for Wimbledon.

"He has great movement, great returns, he is always fighting, putting every ball back. He's just awkward to play.

"He's giving his best on every surface but if you give every return back on grass, that's great."

Slovenia-born Bedene, who is ranked 54th in the world, faced Murray in the second round at Queen's last year and lost 6-3 6-4.

The 27-year-old may be further along in his adaptation to grass, however, having played three matches at the Ricoh Open in Holland last week, while Murray is set for his first competitive outing on the faster surface.

"I don't think there is a good day to play Andy. He's always going to be dangerous," Bedene said.

"I think probably his best surface is grass. I don't think he lost last year and he lost one match the year before so it's a good record. I think he's going to be strong here and at Wimbledon."

Defending champion Murray stunned by Thompson at Queen's .
Andy Murray is a five-time champion at Queen's but he fell at the first hurdle against Jordan Thompson as his 2017 struggles continued.Andy Murray suffered a shock first-round exit in his Aegon Championships defence, going down 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to lucky loser Jordan Thompson.

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