Andy Murray believes he is on the road to recovering top form as the World No.1 begins his hunt for a record sixth title at the Aegon Championships today.
Murray opens up against British No.4 Aljaz Bedene at Queen's Club, where he is hoping to reclaim the trophy he won last year and find rhythm ahead of the start of Wimbledon on July 3.
The 30-year-old has endured a disappointing year by his own high standards, losing eight of his 29 singles matches and five of those to opponents ranked outside the top 20.
But, with coach Ivan Lendl back by his side, there was room for encouragement at the French Open last month, where he reached the semi-finals before succumbing to Stan Wawrinka.
"Obviously I am playing better now than I was before the French," Murray said.
"In practice I am hitting the ball a lot better than I was before the start of the tournament."
Kyle Edmund suffered a shock exit at the Queen's Club event after losing to Denis Shapovalov in the first round, 7-6 4-6 6-4.
Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios insists his withdrawal from the Championships will not stop him playing at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios was forced to retire after a nasty fall in his opening match against American Donald Young.
Heather Watson gave World No.5 Elina Svitolina a scare before falling to a 6-2 5-7 6-3 defeat in the opening round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, but Britain's Naomi Broady defeated French woman Alize Cornet 7-6 6-0.