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Murray exit dents Wimbledon plans

Andy Murray's grass-court preparation for Wimbledon could consist of just two exhibition matches after his AEGON Championships elimination.

Britain's number one Murray was expected to cruise to the final of the tournament at Queen's but he was outgunned by unseeded Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (1/7) on Wednesday.

Murray will not play the doubles tournament at Queen's and claims he is unlikely to take part in the AEGON International at Eastbourne.

"I'll discuss it with the guys over the next couple of days as to what I'm going to do, whether I play one or two of the exhibition matches next week," Murray said.

"It's unlikely I will play a tournament, but I'll probably try and get a couple more matches in."

The Scot, who suffered a back injury and exited the French Open at the quarter-final stage two weeks ago, is not concerned he will be under-prepared for the finals at the All England Club, where he has reached the semi-finals in the last three years.

"It's panic stations now. I've just got no chance to be ready for Wimbledon. It's going to be impossible, I think," the world number four said sarcastically.

"This kind if thing happens often. Novak Djokovic isn't playing the next two weeks so there is no need for me to panic.

"I lost the match 7-6 in the third in the first round of the tournament and it takes a bit of time to adjust to the grass courts."

There are no Britons left in the singles draw at Queen's after Scotland's Jamie Baker followed his compatriot out after a straight sets defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Baker, who four years ago was told he would not play tennis again after contracting a life-threatening blood disorder, gained praise from Tsonga for the way he fought in the Frenchman's 6-3 6-2 win.

"Jamie is a good player," said the world number five.

"He is solid for his ranking. Maybe this sounds strange, but he maybe needs to be a little bit more crazy, relax and enjoy what he's doing."

Tsonga is now the favourite to win Queen's after a total of eight seeds were knocked out of the competition yesterday.

The big-hitting Frenchman will take on Ivan Dodig on Thursday after he beat Go Soeda yesterday.

The other big-name casualty in west London was Andy Roddick, who lost to France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin in three sets on centre court.