Andy Murray believes he’s in the form of his life heading into Wimbledon.
The British number one took Novak Djokovic the distance in their French Open semi-final, his eighth consecutive defeat to the Serbian he previously beat to win both his Grand Slam titles.
But he’s looking ahead with confidence as he seeks to regain his men’s singles title at the All England Club, where he also won Olympic gold at London 2012.
“My game is back close to where it needs to be to be winning slams again,” said Murray.
“With the grass-court season coming up, hopefully I can get myself an opportunity there and play much better going into the grass this year than I was last year.
“Physically I’m in a much better place. We’ll see what happens the next few months but it’s been a good start to the year.”
This year sees an extra week inserted between Roland Garros and the third Slam of the season.
After a week on the practice courts, Murray will look to claim his fourth Queen’s Club title – equalling the record held by John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick among others.
Then it will all eyes on the manicured lawns of SW19 where Murray, fit and strong after last year’s injury problems and back surgery, believes he can finally get the better of rival Djokovic.
“I’d suggest it’s pretty close between us now,” he added.
“I thought physically I was much better in the semi-final. We had been playing just over three hours and I felt good on the court.
“I’m upset not to make the final but I would say, after Novak, I’ve probably played the best tennis in the major events.”