Despite Andy Murray’s loss to Rafael Nadal on Friday in the semi-finals of the French Open, close friend Ross Hutchins still believes that the Scot is the man to beat at this year's Wimbledon championships.
Speaking of his support for the Scot, he told ESPN: “You’d have to put him as one of the top three favourites along with Rafa and Novak because they’ve been doing it more regularly than Roger (Federer) recently.”
Hutchins, who is carrying out the role of tournament director at Queen's, tips Murray to be the winner at Wimbledon regardless of the losses he has endured since his triumphant win back on grass last summer.
However, Hutchins himself is set to make a comeback to Wimbledon this year with doubles partner Colin Fleming after overcoming his battle with cancer.
They will be setting their sights on Wimbledon, but are first scheduled to play at Eastbourne.
Not only this, but the 29-year-old has spoken of the new-found love for Murray since his record breaking win when he said: "Since Wimbledon there's been a lot more hype around the sport in the country and rightly so."
"Plus there is a lot more love for Andy and people realising what a superb player he is."
Ahead of the championships later this month, Murray will be feeling the pressure to perform in order to both defend his title and overcome his defeat against Nadal on clay. He faces Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round at Queen's, as he looks to defend his Aegon Championship title.
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