Murray and Bedene set to clash in Queens opener

 

By Jake Davies

  • Andy Murray [1] vs Aljaz Bedene
  • Denis Shapovalov vs Liam Broady [WC]
  • Edward Corrie [WC] vs Sam Querrey
LONDON, UK – Get set for a stack of Brits in action at Queen’s Club, with Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene in an all-Brit Opener.

 

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Andy Murray [1] vs Aljaz Bedene H2H: Murray leads 1-0

In the first round of the 500 event at Queens, Andy Murray faces fellow Brit Aljaz Bedene in an appetising opener. This will be Murray’s first match since his semi-final loss to Stan Wawrinka at French Open, while Bedene made the quarter-finals of s-Hertogenbosch last week on the grass.

Aljaz Bedene (c) Christopher Johnson

Murray’s form has not been great for large periods of this season and he will admit that, but there is no reason why Murray cannot produce some of his better tennis on a surface he loves to play on. The grass courts at Queens and Wimbledon allow him to win cheap points off his first serve and even when his second serve gets put under extreme pressure, Murray has the movement to neutralise a lot of the first returns of his opponent.

These two met at the same event last year and Murray won comfortably in straight sets. Murray tends to struggle against players that put him in defensive positions but Bedene does not really have the weaponry to cause Murray too much problems from the baseline, so I expect Murray to come through this match in straight sets.

Prediction: Murray in straight sets

 

Denis Shapovalov vs Liam Broady H2H: Broady leads 2-1

Liam Broady faces the current Wimbledon juniors champion in his second round of qualifying at Queens. After Shapovalov got defaulted during the Davis Cup tie against Great Britain, he could easily have curled up in his shell and become negative in response to the unfortunate situation, but he has responded incredibly well. The Canadian rising star’s progress in 2017 includes winning a Futures event in Canada and winning a Challenger level event in Drummondville.

The left-handed Shapovalov edges this one. He is in the better form of the two players and already has a win over Broady on the grass at the beginning of June.

Prediction: Shapovalov in straight sets

 

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