Murray Aims for Record Win at Queen’s Club

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Andy Murray has won a record five titles at Queen’s Club between 2009 and 2016 and the world No 1 will be aiming to extend that sequence this year.

The signs are positive for Murray considering he arrived at the French Open not even sure if he would win one match, a semi-final showing was more than respectable.

He now heads into the grass-court season with a chance to make it a hat-trick of titles at the ATP 500 tournament and extend his record-breaking five trophies he has collated since 2009.

But Murray is sure to face stiff competition with the likes of US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov, and last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic all vying for the top prize.

Murray became the first British champion at Queen’s Club since Bunny Austin in 1938 as he claimed a historic first grass-court tournament after beating James Blake 7-5 6-4 in the 2009 final.

He followed up his success in 2009 by completing the perfect Wimbledon preparation by fighting back to defeat hard-hitting Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the 2011 final, which was only the third Monday final in the tournament’s history.

Murray became the first Briton to win the tournament more than once since Francis Gordon Lowe, who was champion in 1913, 1914 and 1925.

It was to be a lucky hat-trick of titles for the Scot, who went on to claim his first Wimbledon crown just a few weeks later with a memorable win over Novak Djokovic.

The 28-year-old joined John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt as the only four-time winners of the Wimbledon warm-up event in the Open era.