Strange preparations: Andy Murray says Queen’s defeat can help Wimbledon defence

The Scot had won 19 straight matches on grass before he was beaten by veteran Radek Stepanek in straight sets at the Queen’s Club on Thursday.

Murray’s last defeat on the surface was in the 2012 Wimbledon final, where he suffered a heartbreaking loss to 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer.

But rather than be downbeat about his fine run coming to an end, Murray is of the opinion that the extra time he has to ready himself for the third major of the season, which begins on June 23, can be a benefit so long as he prepares in the correct manner.

“In some ways, it can be good (to have the extra time), providing I use next week properly,” he is quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

“For me, it’s probably going to get quite hectic towards the end of next week. So over the next few days it will be nice just to have a bit of peace and quiet.”

Murray won his second major title when he defeated Novak Djokovic to lift the Wimbledon championship in 2013, and in the process ended a 77-year run without a British winner at the tournament.

The 27-year-old is a three-time winner at Queen’s, having triumphed in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

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