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All grit and little polish from Andy Murray at Aegon Championships

By Nick Purewal

Andy Murray faltered in the early part of both sets, but still kick-started his Aegon Championships with a routine first-round victory over Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun.

Murray dropped a service game in both sets of his Queen's Club loosener, but still found enough poise to prevail 6-4, 7-5 in just 79 minutes.

The 28-year-old opened his Queen's Club account under instruction from new coach Jonas Bjorkman to be more like Tim Henman in net-court play on grass this summer.

The two-time Grand Slam winner reverted to grinding type every time he came under pressure from Lu though, to ensure he progressed without duress.

The three-time Queen's Club champion booked a second-round meeting with Spain's Fernando Verdasco in brusque enough, if at times patchy, style.

Murray enjoyed the sole coaching direction of Swede Bjorkman for the first time, with the pregnant Amelie Mauresmo not linking back up with the Scot until Wimbledon.

Murray edged out his second-round Queen's opponent Verdasco in a five-set quarter-final en route to claiming the Wimbledon crown in 2013.

Madrid native Verdasco has already revealed he will relish a "special" rematch, still ruing that missed opportunity at SW19.

If he sees off Verdasco, Murray will likely face defending Queen's champion Grigor Dimitrov, who dumped the Brit out of Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage last year.

Bulgarian Dimitrov, who was for so long tipped as a future Grand Slam champion, conceded "I feel like I own the court" every time he steps out at Queen's after returning to defend his crown.

The 24-year-old also admitted he would still feel that way should he line up against home favourite Murray in the last eight.

"It feels different for me here, I don't know why: it's one of the tournaments that for me I feel that every time I step on that court, I feel like I own the court," said Dimitrov.

When quizzed if he could take that same commanding feeling into a potential clash with Murray, Dimitrov replied: "Of course, that's my goal.

"It doesn't matter who I play, I'm going out there to perform and play better tennis. It doesn't matter who I play, even though I know it's a tough field out there."

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