Murray Out In Queens

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British No.1 Andy Murray crashed out in his opening match at the Aegon Championships on Wednesday afternoon in a three set thriller against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. Mahut is ranked 65 in the world and is a very accomplished serve and volleyer, playing his best tennis on grass, having reached the final of Queens in 2007, losing to Andy Roddick. However, Murray would have been expected to beat him and will now go into Wimbledon without the ideal preparation (Andy Murray 7/1 to win Wimbledon).

Murray seemed rather off the pace early on as he began his defence of the title he won in such impressive fashion a year ago. He fell 6-3 in the first before showing his grit by coming through a tough second set tie-break. However, despite most of the crowd's expectations that Murray would just go on to cruise home in the third, this failed to materliase and Mahut served brilliantly giving Murray very little to play at and coming through in another tie-break. The defeat will raise questions as to whether Murray can really have a go at SW19 later this month, however the Brit is confident it will not be an issue. "It's panic stations now. I've just got no chance to be ready for Wimbledon. It's going to be impossible, I think." The Scot stated sarcastically. "I lost the match 7-6 in the third in my first game of the tournament and it takes a bit of time to adjust to the grass courts."

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