By Ros Satar

  • Andy Murray got his re-acquaintance with Ivan Lendl off to a winning start, but not without a bit of a roller-coaster
  • Murray [1] def. Nicolas Mahut 7-6(8) 7-6(1)

LONDON, UK – Andy Murray started his quest for a record fifth title at Queen’s Club but not without a challenge from Nicolas Mahut.

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In a quarter that is a straight fight between Britain and France, Murray took on the newly crowned s’Hertogenbosch champion, who had to play his final on Monday before hot-footing it to Baron’s Court.

Murray, who has reunited with former coach Ivan Lendl, looked dressed to impress as he rocked his Wimbledon whites and delivered fast-paced serving and instinctive winners to come from a break down in the first set and squeak through the opening set.

Mahut is not one to give up lightly, racing out to a 5-2 lead in the second set, but Murray dug deep to come back, saving three set points in the process before this time dominating the second set tie-break.

Scoreboard aficionados may recall though that the last time Murray lost to Mahut at Queen’s, he went on to win at The Big W. Then again he only has won in Queen’s in odd-numbered years. Perhaps this is the year to reverse those trends?

Only four other players have won at Queen’s four times (John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick)

After a day also beset by rain, the weather brightened in London to allow play late into the evening, and Murray will face the winner between British No. 2 Aljaz Bedene and Benoit Paire.

James Ward was the first British casualty out of an impressive main draw catch of five players, falling in straight sets to s’Hertogenbosch runner-up Gilles Muller, who clinched a 6-4 6-4 victory.

The rain delays in London saw the matches for Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans bumped to Wednesday.

Play will continue at Queen’s Club on Wednesday.

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