World number one Andy Murray says winning the Aegon Championships will give him a “big boost” as he also target a third Wimbledon title in July.
The 30-year-old, who has won at Queen’s Club for a record five times, begins his quest for a sixth Aegon championship title when he faces fellow Briton Aljaz Bedene. Murray also won the competition in 2013 and 2016, the years when he won the subsequent Wimbledon tourney.
“I’ve played some of my best tennis over the years here,” said Murray of the opener of the grass tournaments.
“It’s a tough, tough field and if you can get through this tournament then it does give you a big boost going into Wimbledon.”
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Murray, who is on a 14-game winning run on grass, said he plays really well at Queen’s Club because he is “able to get back home and stay in my own bed.”
“It’s obviously a lot of pressure at this time of the year, a lot of expectation and attention,” said Murray of his journey to keep the number one ranking while playing on his comfort field.
“But I have the escape of being able to get back home and stay in my own bed and be with my family and have the support of my friends and family at all of my matches, so that’s the best part about this period of the year.”
NOT AS LOADED
Only two of the top 5 men on ATP’s raking are playing in the Aegon Championships, with world number 2 Rafael Nadal resting after winning his 10th French Open title.
Stan Wawrinka, the third ranker, is on the field, but nos. 4 and 5 Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, respectively, are not.
The other top rankers on the field are sixth-ranked Milos Raonic, 7th Marin Cilic, 11th Jo Tsonga, and 12th Grigor Dimitrov.