Aljaz Bedene has backed Andy Murray to defend his Wimbledon title and makes him the favourite for the tournament ahead of Roger Federer.
The British No. 4 will face the world No. 1 on Tuesday in the first round of the Aegon Championships, in what promises to be an intriguing battle of the Brits.
Murray’s own form had been up-and-down in 2017 but a decent run to the semi-finals of the French Open has built up positivity that he’s back to his best.
Federer’s displays have been nothing but ruthless as he swept up titles at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami and he rested throughout the clay-court season in order to prepare for Wimbledon.
But despite his good performances, Bedene still sees Murray as the man to beat.
When asked if Murray was the favourite ahead of Federer, he replied: ‘Yes. I would say Andy.
‘You know, obviously Queen’s is the second biggest tournament on grass, and it’s a good preparation for Wimbledon. So that’s why so many great players pick it.
‘Andy loves it. And, yeah, I think he’s the favourite. He’s always dangerous.
‘I think probably his best surface is grass. I don’t think he lost last year — he lost one match the year before, so, I mean, it’s a good record. I think he’s going to be strong here and at Wimbledon.’
Bedene is a huge fan of Murray’s game on the surface but is hopeful of providing a stern test, although he admitted it will be incredibly tough.
And after losing to the British No. 1 last year, he knows just how good he can be on grass.
When asked what his game plan would be, he added: ‘Well, how do you approach that?
‘I mean, I’ll try to play my game. Just be offensive. Try to do as little mistakes as possible.
‘But, you know, it’s different because he’s really moving well on grass. I’m just going to try to play my game.’