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Can Murray boost Wimbledon hopes with Queen’s win? We’re about to find out

| 20.06.2017

Nobody loves the Aegon Championships in West London more, but how Andy Murray could use a winning performance this week.

The world number one has endured a testing 2017, with the Dubai Duty Free his only tournament win of the year.

But a run to the semi-finals of the French Open indicated a timely return to form.

And if Murray is to win a third Wimbledon title this year, then a good run at Queen’s Club is required.

Handily, history suggests he’ll do just that.

The Scot is a five-time winner of the Barons Court event, and is looking for his third-successive victory.

His chances were boosted before he even arrived, with Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro withdrawing last week.

Nevertheless, quality opponents remain, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a potential quarter-final test.

Marin Cilic could await in the semis, before French Open foe Stan Wawrinka in the showpiece next weekend.

So if Murray is to win this week – and claim crucial form and momentum – he’ll certainly be tested.

For now he will begin as 1/14 favourite to see off compatriot Aljaz Bedene.

This is the crunch point of Murray’s entire season.

Pull off the Queen’s and Wimbledon double – as he did in 2013 and 2015 – and he’ll be able to call 2017 a success.

Fail to do so, and suddenly the world number one will be under plenty of pressure to salvage anything from the campaign – and he could lose his top spot in the rankings too.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.