Early French Open exit may have boosted Wimbledon preparations, says Murray

London: British tennis ace Andy Murray has said that he believed that an early exit from the French Open may have enhanced his preparation for the Wimbledon, which kicks off in ten days` time.

However, the World No.2 admitted that he would rather have been competing at the sharp end of the French Open at Roland Garros than warming up for the Aegeon Championships despite the additional playing time on grass.

The reigning US Open Champion took the decision to miss the French Open due to a back injury and used his time away from the grand slam to build up towards the start of the grass court season, although he revealed that the pain of missing the French Open was something he could have done without.

Despite an impressive early form at Queen`s ahead of another tilt at the Wimbledon title, Murray, who will face German Benjamin Becker in the quarter-finals at Queen`s, said that although he got to spend more time on the grass to prepare for Wimbledon, he would rather have been at the French Open than being at home for two weeks.

However, Murray, who lost to Roger Federer in the final at Wimbledon last year, before beating the Swiss ace in the Olympic final just weeks later, said that he felt more confident coming into this grass court season because of his successful performances during the past year.

According to Murray, he had tasted success last year as he had a good practice session, moved well and was aggressive on court.