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Michael Taylor 7th Jun 2009 - 19:29

Murray will be the first British king at Queen’s

Roger Federer proved that anything is possible as he finally won the French Open on Sunday, so maybe, just maybe, Andy Murray can answer Britain's prayers and become the first Brit to win at Queen's.

We've heard it all before, in fact we here it every year, that a home country player is sure to win the pre-Wimbledon tournament but this year it really does look possible.

Murray, coming off his best ever clay court season, is the number one seed and 6/4 favourite to win in London and his chances look better than ever considering the relatively weak field on show.

No Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic is always a bonus but when the second seed, Andy Roddick, is a man that hasn't beaten Murray since 2007 then you can be forgiven for putting the champagne, or is it Pimms, on ice.

Then again A-Rod may still have something to say over the week.

After all, America's number one has won the famous Queen's Club Championships a record four times, the most recent of which came just two years ago.

Roddick has historically loved the switch to grass and is also playing some of the best tennis of his distinguished career so it would come as no real surprise if, come Sunday, we see the final everybody wants, and expects.

The fact that 11/4 shot Roddick describes The Queen's Club as "arguably the best club in the world" speaks volumes about his intent.

However, before we go getting all excited about that prospect it may pay to have a look of some of the potential banana skins that lie in wait for both men.

Murray undeniably finds himself in the right half of the draw with the name Gael Monfils 12/1 perhaps looking the toughest task that lies ahead, although one I'll be watching with intent is Ernests Gulbis.

The young Latvian at times looks like a future Grand Slam winner with a bullet of a serve and some outstanding ground strokes, it's now all just got to be put together.

And if it does all comes together this week then there is more than a bit of value in the 33/1 about him winning the tournament outright - although I'd personally be happier with the each way terms of ½ odds for a place in the final.

In the other half of the draw 20/1 shot Lleyton Hewitt automatically draws a lot of attention.

The experienced Aussie has always felt at home in London whether at Queen's or Wimbledon and although he may no longer be the force that brought four Queen's titles he can still be a dangerous opponent for anybody on his day.

Hopefully for the sake of the viewing public he makes it to at least the third round where a mouth-watering tie with Roddick stands in wait.

Elsewhere you may be struggling to find many big names but there are several massive Eastern Europeans all with the potential to go deep into the week.

Marin Cilic (12/1), Ivo Karlovic (20/1) and former world number two Ivan Ljubicic (50/1) are all big, powerful servers and if any one of the three finds a level of consistency then they have every chance - I'm just not sure any of them are playing at a high enough level to challenge Murray or Roddick.

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