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Andy Murray faces Aljaz Bedene in first round at Queen’s

World number one could face another Brit, Cameron Norrie, in the second round.

Andy Murray faces Aljaz Bedene in first round at Queen’s

Andy Murray will start the defence of his Queen’s Club title with a first-round tie against fellow Brit Aljaz Bedene.

Murray beat Bedene in the same tournament in 2016 on his way to a record-extending fifth title.

Aljaz Bedene celebrates against Richard Gasquet on day Two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Aljaz Bedene faces a tough task against world number one Andy Murray (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The competition starts on Monday and includes Milos Raonic, who Murray beat to lift the trophy last year, Stan Wawrinka, who got the better of Murray in the last four of the French Open, and 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov.

Murray could face another Brit in the second round should he win and Cameron Norrie get past Sam Querrey.

The Scot is in the same quarter of the draw as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and could potentially face Marin Cilic in the semi-finals.

Kyle Edmund and James Ward have both been drawn against qualifiers in the first round.

Murray, meanwhile, has revealed he may only have another “couple of years” playing at the top of the sport.

The 30-year-old, who reached the semi-finals at the French Open last week before losing a five-setter to Wawrinka, says he will “make the most of every tournament” while he is still competitive.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, right, talks to Britain's Andy Murray after their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 9, 2017 in Paris. Wawrinka beat top-ranked Andy Murray 6-7 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-1 to reach the French Open final. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Stan Wawrinka beat Andy Murray in the semi-finals at the French Open (Michel Euler/AP/PA)

He told BBC Sport: “My coach, Ivan Lendl, was still competitive at the top until he was about 32 but, generally, over the past 20 to 30 years, normally by early 30s is when players have struggled to stay at the top.

“I know some of the players have been doing really well until their mid-30s recently, but that might not be the case with me. Maybe the next couple of years are the last few where I have a chance to compete for the majors and the biggest tournaments.”