Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen's this week


"I thought I did OK", said Murray. He loves playing on grass.

And he also was playing Nick Kyrgios.

All the demons from those anxious medical updates and gruelling hours in the gym could finally be exorcised as Murray traded ground-strokes with Kyrgios from the baseline before capping the first point of his return with a cathartic forehand victor. And very almost defeated him again.

Raonic, who reached the Stuttgart final last weekend, was scheduled to face is reigning Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez, who defeat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, but the Canadian withdrew from the tournament with a shoulder injury.

"I was very pleased to break back the next game and after that game I found I settled into the match and really got my game on court. You know, it was a close decision", he said.

It was probably about 45 minutes before my practice that I was feeling a bit wobbly. Like I didn't really want to get into his grill at all.

And as Murray kicked on, Kyrgios seemed to fade, the first set ended by another double fault and another break.

He was waging his own internal battle in addition to dealing with a hip issue.

There are other players in the draw who would have been easier matches than Nick.

He is certain it will take time for the Scot to completely convince himself he is over the injury and can play without any fear of a relapse.

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Even when the rest of his game is not going that well he can still get free points on his serve and win games quite quickly.

He said: "It was odd because on big points, when I won them, I nearly felt bad if I showed any emotion".

"It was kind of good to see him back out there, but it was a very awkward match for me because I was thinking the guy hadn't played a match in a year, and I was getting smoked in the first set". At the end of my match (against Kyrgios), I was certainly exhausted, but it wasn't like I was completely off my feet and didn't feel like I could move anymore and stuff.

It was Kyrgios who looked the worse for wear out on the court.

My post-match routine has changed a little bit - I'm making sure I get all my recovery stuff done first as I have to take care of my body first and foremost.

"And then I guess on a personal level he's always been really good to me, has helped me when I was younger and supported me".

It was Kyrgios' first victory over the two-time Wimbledon champion at his sixth attempt and also his first singles victory in west London.

He told the media afterwards that he was uncertain about his next move.

"If I'm feeling good physically and if I believe in myself there is no reason why I can't go into Wimbledon as one of the serious threats", he said.

"I've struggled a bit in the a year ago and a half and that has taken a bit of confidence out of me but I'm trying to get that back and today was ideal".