Verdasco aware of Murray’s quality

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Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray will be “a big threat for anyone” at Queen’s or Wimbledon this year, according to Fernando Verdasco.

Murray will set-up a second-round clash with Verdasco if he overcomes Taiwan qualifier Yen-hsun Lu in Tuesday’s first-round meeting at the Aegon Championships.

Top seed Murray will kick-start his latest grass campaign off the back of his best-ever clay court season, which included reaching the French Open semi-finals.

Verdasco expects Murray’s “confidence and momentum” to guide him past Lu, and leave him a match for any grass-court opponent.

“Andy’s had a great clay season, and he can take huge confidence and momentum from that,” Verdasco told Press Association Sport.

“And he has the game of course to adapt to grass pretty easily, he serves well, he returns well too, and he has a very good backhand.

“So he has everything to play well on grass, that’s why he won Wimbledon and the Olympics.

“Everybody knows already what kind of player he is, especially on grass; he’s a big threat for anyone.”

Verdasco saved three match points before edging out Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday to line up his potential meeting with two-time grand slam champion Murray.

British hope Murray is slated to be third on centre court at Queen’s on Tuesday for his first-round tie, while Aussie sensation Nick Kyrgios will open the day’s proceedings against French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

A refreshed Rafael Nadal will be in action against Alex Dolgopolov, with fourth seed Marin Cilic also on court facing Adrian Mannarino.

Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov will return to complete his finely-poised first-round tie with Sam Querrey, that was locked at one set apiece when bad light stopped play on Monday.

Verdasco will keep one eye on Murray’s first-round match, admitting he would relish another meeting with the man who knocked him out of Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage in 2013, en route to claiming the title.

“It would be great preparation for Wimbledon,” said Verdasco of his potential meeting with Murray.

“This is an unbelievably great tournament and even better now it’s a 500.

“But whenever you beat a player like Murray or one of the top five or top 10, then it’s even more special because you know how important it is.

“At the end you win the match, but people think it’s more important, or you get more points or more money!

“Here the crowd are very respectful, they always treat me so well when I play at Queen’s, in the years before, or at Wimbledon.

“I have a lot of fans from England and I like the crowd so much here.

“But of course I understand that if I play against a British guy that I’ll have more against me than with me!

“I have no problem with that of course – but it’s a great atmosphere and a lot of fun.”

Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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