Murray faces Lu in Queens Opener
By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray faces Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of Queen’s
- Murray is a former three time champion.
Andy Murray will kick off his Wimbledon preparations when he faces Yen-Hsun Lu in the opening round of Queens on Tuesday.
The British number one is coming in to the grass court season full of confidence after a great clay court showing that saw him reach the semi-finals of Roland Garros, and win titles in Munich and Madrid.
Murray, 28, is a former three time champion at Queens Club, winning the title in 2009, 2011 and 2013. However his title defence last year was cut short by an inspired Radek Stepanek.
Murray had stated pre-tournament that he has been recovering from an illness for the past week, but he is now fully fit and ready to kick off his grass court season.
His first round opponent Lu, from Chinese Taipei, is currently ranked 63 in the world but he has been as high as 33 back in 2010.
The 31 year old has mainly applied his trade on the challenger tour, but qualified for this tournament beating Luca Vanni and Denis Istomin. Lu also competed at the Topshelf open last week, however his Dutch venture did not last long as he was knocked out by Adrian Mannarino in the first round.
Lu holds one previous victory over Andy Murray. That came at the Olympic Games in 2008, where Lu came out a straight sets victory. Murray has since won their next two meetings in straight sets including at Wimbledon two years ago. This should, on paper, be a straight forward victory for Murray as he starts his quest for a fourth Queens triumph. But Lu is not to be under-estimated as he is a solid player who can catch Murray out on an off day.
The winner of this match will face Fernando Verdasco in round two. The Spaniard saved match points to defeat compatriot Roberto Bautista-Agut in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Murray is scheduled on Centre Court, not before 3:30pm BST