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ATP Aegon Championships Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Andy Murray goes after sixth Queen's title in loaded field

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 19 Jun 2017
  • ATP Aegon Championships is live from Queen's from 19-25 June
  • World number one, Andy Murray goes after his sixth title at the event
Andy Murray. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Defending champion Andy Murray headlines a loaded field at Queen’s this week, as the best players in the world fine-tune their preparations for Wimbledon.

Murray, who already owns the record for the most titles at the tournament- can the world number one come through a difficult field to win an unprecedented sixth title at Queen’s?

First Quarter
Projected Quarter-Final: Andy Murray (1) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5)
By his very high standards, it has been a very poor season for Andy Murray, but the world number one might have just found some form in his most recent event at Roland Garros, where he battled to a semi-final finish.

The top seed starts his title defence at Queen’s against compatriot, Aljaz Bedene, before a potential second round meeting with American, Sam Querrey, who pulled off that stunning victory over Novak Djokovic in the third round at Wimbledon last year. Murray should get past Bedene, but he will have to be very close to his best against Querrey, particularly if the American serves as well as he can.

Should Murray find a way past Querrey, he could face either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or s-Hertogenbosch champion, Gilles Muller in a difficult quarter final. Tsonga will have to tread carefully against the deceptively dangerous Adrian Mannarino in the opening round, while Muller opens against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Predicted Quarter final: Andy Murray vs Gilles Muller

Second Quarter
Projected Quarter-Final: Marin Cilic (4) vs Nick Kyrgios (9)
Former champion, Marin Cilic continues his Wimbledon preparations at Queen’s where he has a tough opener against giant American, John Isner. Cilic fell to big-serving compatriot, Ivo Karlovic at the semi-final stage in s-Hertogenbosch last week, and he could be in early trouble at Queen’s as he takes on another of the sport’s most formidable servers.

If Cilic survives Isner’s ace barrage, then he could bump into another American, Steve Johnson, who is no slouch with the serve either. There is no respite for the for the 2012 champion, as a potential meeting with Nick Kyrgios could happen in the third round, should he get past Isner and possibly Johnson.

Kyrgios played some wonderful tennis on hard courts earlier in the year, and after disjointed time on clay, he is looking to regain some momentum ahead of Wimbledon- where he can make a really big impression. He starts against Donald Young before taking on one of Janko Tipsarevic or Viktor Troicki in the second round.

Predicted Quarter final: John Isner vs. Nick Kyrgios

Third Quarter
Projected Quarter Final: Milos Raonic (3) vs Grigor Dimitrov (6)
Milos Raonic had a very good time on grass last season, reaching the finals at Queen’s and Wimbledon, losing to Andy Murray in both finals.

He was a set and a break up against Murray in last year’s final, but could not quite get over the line as Andy Murray raised his game at the most critical moments. Can the big Canadian reproduce that run this year, or even go one better to land his first title on grass?

An opening match against Thanasi Kokkinakis looks straight forward on paper, but the young Australian, fit again after a lengthy spell out of the sport has a game made for this surface. He will cause plenty of problems with his big serves and groundstrokes.

If Raonic comes through that, he could face Nicolas Mahut in the second round, while Grigor Dimitrov is a possible quarter final opponent.

Dimitrov started the year like a house on fire, but has gone off the boil spectacularly in the last three-and-a-half months, and was beaten by Jerzy Janowicz in his opening match in Stuttgart last week. He has a kind draw here- although ‘kind’ is relative with Dimitrov these days. The Bulgarian starts against Ryan Harrison, before a second round meeting with Julien Benneteau or James Ward.

Predicted Quarter final: Milos Raonic vs Grigor Dimitrov

Fourth Quarter
Projected Quarter-Final: Stan Wawrinka (2) vs Tomas Berdych (7)
There is hardly any space to breath in this Queen’s field, and second seed, Stan Wawrinka could find himself in early trouble. The Swiss may be the second seed, but his unimpressive record on grass makes the French Open finalist a prime candidate for an early upset at Queen’s, particularly considering that he opens against grass expert, and last week’s Stuttgart finalist, Feliciano Lopez.

That’s arguably Wawrinka’s most challenging match-up in this quarter, as he will take on either Pierre-Hugue Herbert or Jeremy Chardy in the second round. That said, Herbert and Chardy are decent on grass, and are good enough to take down Wawrinka on their day, should the Swiss survive Lopez.

If Wawrinka comes through all of that, then a potential meeting with Tomas Berdych awaits. Berdych has an opening match against Steve Darcis- he who famously defeated Rafael Nadal in the opening round at Wimbledon- before a very manageable second round contest with either Kyle Edmund or Denis Shapovalov. The big Czech should be fine.

Predicted Quarter final: Feliciano Lopez vs Tomas Berdych
ATP Aegon Championships is live from Queen's from 19-25 June

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ATP Aegon Championships Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Andy Murray goes after sixth Queen's title in loaded field

Andy Murray goes after his sixth Queen's title in a packed field. Can Murray extend his record number of titles at the tournament? Read our preview, predictions and stream the tournament live online.

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