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Murray confirms Queen's return

Andy Murray has confirmed he will defend his Queen's Club title at the AEGON Championships this summer.

Murray defeated Marin Cilic in the final last year before becoming the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon singles title three weeks later.

He will warm-up for Wimbledon by heading back to Queen's in June and is hoping to become the fifth player in the Open era to win the trophy a fourth time.

Murray is currently tied with three-time winner Jimmy Connors and will attempt to join John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick, who have all won the final on four occasions.

The British No 1, who previously took the Queen's title in 2009 and 2011, said: "To win the title for the third time last year and then to go on to win Wimbledon was really special, and it highlights the importance of Queen's.

Great event

"The grass courts there are as good as any in the world and it's a great event. It's also a tournament with a lot of history, both personally for me and for the game as a whole.

"It's where I won my first professional match and my first title in Britain and, when you look at the names on the trophy, including my coach Ivan Lendl, it shows how big a tournament it is to win. I'd love to do it again."

Murray donated his winnings from last year's final to the Royal Marsden Cancer charity, which treated his friend Ross Hutchins.

British Davis Cup player Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, in December 2012 but is now in remission and returned to the ATP Tour at this week's Brisbane International.

"It's a day I'll never forget," said Murray.