Mahut confident ahead of Murray clash
France's Nicolas Mahut is confident that he can give Andy Murray a nightmare start to his grass court season at the AEGON Championships.
Mahut set up a second-round clash with the defending champion at Queen's by beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4 6-2 on court one on Tuesday afternoon.
Murray, who received a bye through the first round, has beaten Mahut twice before. Mahut won just four games against the Scot at Indian Wells five years ago, but caused the 25-year-old problems the following year in Marseille where Murray edged through 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
Mahut has a good record at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, having reached the 2007 final after beating Rafael Nadal and he is optimistic about his chances of recording an upset on Wednesday.
"Of course I believe I can beat him (Murray). Otherwise I wouldn't be on the court," said Mahut, who took Roger Federer to four sets at the French Open 11 days ago after beating Andy Roddick.
"I beat Nadal once here. I was one point away from beating Roddick here when he was in the top five. I know I can do well.
"I know I can beat top players on this surface. I believe in myself, I believe in my game.
"He's the favourite but I just have to come on centre court, enjoy it and play my game.
"He is ranked fourth in the world but I played well the past few weeks, and I'm ready to fight."http://www.espnstar.com/tennis/news/detail/item814967/Mahut-confident-ahead-of-Murray-clash/