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Queen’s Tournament Championships 2013 Preview

The grass court swing of the ATP season starts with the Aegon Championships in London next week. This is an important warm up ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on June 24th. The star of the Queen’s Tournament, as it is more affectionately known, is Britain’s own Andy Murray. The reigning US Open champion missed out on the French Open because of a back injury picked up at Monte Carlo. But he insists that he is fit and ready to go on his grass quest to go one better than he did at Wimbledon last year when he lost in the final against Roger Federer.

There are two ways to look at Andy Murray’s chances here. The world number two is the top seed for the tournament and he will be favourite. He has been training on grass for a good week longer than most because of missing the French Open, and that transition period may work in his favour. That, or his lack of competitive action over the past couple of weeks or so will hinder him. Not bad value as favourite, but Murray bombed in the second round last year when he lost to Nicolas Mahut. Murray goes for his third Queen’s title after winning in 2009 and 2011.

The Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych is the second seed in the field, and goes on the opposite half of the draw to Murray. Berdych has been in pretty decent form this season, but yet to get his hands on a title. He has one career grass court title. He also beat Murray back at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Madrid. The Czech has only played at Queen’s once before, losing in the first round in 2005. Big hitting Juan Martin del Potro is back in action after missing most of the clay court season because of respiratory problems. Lack of match sharpness could hurt him. But there could be good value in Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga who lost in the 2011 final against Murray. He’s a potential semi finalists against Murray, so if the Brit slips, Tsonga, after a run to the semi finals of the French Open, looks the most likely to step in.

Stat: Andy Murray holds a winning 7-1 head to head record against Jo Wilfried Tsonga and a losing 4-5 record against Tomas Berdych.

Tipster’s Best Tips:

Outright Winner: Tomas Berdych @ William Hill

To Reach Final: Jo Wilfried Tsonga @ William Hill