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Murray set to be frustrated by rain at Queen's

ESPN staff
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Andy Murray could now start the defence of his AEGON Championships title on Wednesday after Monday's schedule at Queen's was lost to rain.

Murray, who got knocked out of the French Open at the quarter-final stage, is due to take on the winner of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Nicolas Mahut on Tuesday but, with that clash unable to go ahead as planned as a result of the poor weather, the Scot may not feature until the following day.

Go Soeda and Bjorn Phau were due to get the tournament underway in west London at 11:30 on Monday, but the rain refused to relent. Tournament organisers hoped play would commence some time in the afternoon but were forced to admit defeat at 17:00.

Four Britons - Liam Broady, James Ward, Jamie Baker and Oliver Golding - were all down to play at the Wimbledon warm-up event on Monday, as were the likes of David Nalbandian, Ivo Karlovic and Lleyton Hewitt. All 6800 spectators who bought tickets for Monday will be refunded.

At the Gerry Weber Open in Germany, fifth seed Milos Raonic came through a tough examination to beat Philipp Petzschner 7-5 7-6(1). Eighth seed and home favourite Philipp Kohlschreiber was pushed hard before eventually breaching wildcard Dustin Brown's defences to advance 7-6(4) 7-6(4).

Lukasz Kubot sent Finland's Jarkko Nieminen packing. Nieminen, who caused Murray problems before succumbing to the Brit in the second round of the French Open, was broken twice as Kubot ran out a 6-4 6-4 winner.

Russia's Mikhail Youzhny swatted aside the challenge of Robin Haase, progressing 6-3 6-2, while Cedrik-Marcel Stebe was taken to three sets before ousting Carlos Berlocq 6-3 3-6 7-5.

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