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Tennis: Queen’s exit could be a blessing says Murray

Published on Jun 13, 2014 8:48 AM
Britain's Andy Murray reacts after losing a point against Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek of the during their third round match on the fourth day of the ATP Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club in west London on June 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Andy Murray insists his shock Queen’s Club defeat against Radek Stepanek could be a blessing in disguise because it gives him time to recover for the start of his Wimbledon title defence.

Murray’s bid for a record-equalling fourth Queen’s crown came to an abrupt end on Thursday as Czech veteran Stepanek took advantage of lacklustre display from the world number five to win 7-6 (12/10) 6-2.

On the surface the tame third round loss was a major blow to Murray’s preparations ahead of Wimbledon, which gets underway on June 23, as it deprives him of valuable time honing his game on grass.

But the 27 year-old is confident he can still make any adjustments to his game during his extra practice time with new coach Amelie Mauresmo.

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