It might be a Wimbledon warm-up on the ATP Tour 500 series, but this week’s Queen’s Club Championships remains one of the most important grass-court tournaments on the planet. Three-time champion Andy Murray was the 3/2 favorite at press time, followed by recent French Open winner Stan Wawrinka at 8/1. Both men won their first-round matches on Tuesday in straight sets; Rafael Nadal (originally 8/1) fell in three sets to Alexandr Dolgopolov (66/1).
Murray has enjoyed more success on grass than any other surface since turning pro in 2005. The Scotsman was 78-16 lifetime (83%) going into Queen’s, winning five of 22 tournaments at the Masters 1000 level or higher, including the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Murray is coming off the best clay-court session of his career, featuring his first-ever win on dirt at the Bavarian International.
Wawrinka is more of a clay-court specialist, going just 21-20 lifetime (51%) on grass and never making it past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. But the native of Lausanne is riding high after upsetting Novak Djokovic to win the French Open as a distant 16/1 third favorite. At press time, Wawrinka is No. 4 on the world rankings, one spot behind Murray.