Time off for Andy Murray has sown seeds

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ANDY MURRAY believes he has benefited from a period of being able to practise on grass but admitted he would have much rather been competing at Roland Garros than preparing for the AEGON Championships.

World No. 2 Murray was set to face Ben Becker in the quarter-finals at Queen’s today having come through both his second and third-round matches yesterday. The Scot eased passed Australian Marinko Matosevic to reach the last eight, having seen off Nicolas Mahut earlier in the day.

The reigning US Open Champion took the difficult decision to miss the French Open due to a back injury and used his time away from the grand slam to build up towards the start of the grass court season.

But even though his early form at Queen’s ahead of another tilt at the Wimbledon title has been impressive, Murray has revealed the pain of missing the French Open was something he could have done without.

“I would have much rather have been playing the French Open,” he said after beating Matosevic 6-2, 6-2 in their third-round clash.

“You have to look at the positives sometimes and the one positive is I got to spend more time on the grass to prepare for here, but if I had to make that decision 50 times I would have made the same decision.

“But I would way rather have been at the French Open than being at home for two weeks.”

Murray will be hoping to go one better than last year at Wimbledon where he lost to Roger Federer in the final, before beating the Swiss ace in the Olympic final just weeks later.