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Andy Murray begins Wimbledon campaign on Centre Court

Andy Murray begins his battle today for a second Wimbledon title amid soaring heatwave temperatures.

Andy Murray Credit: PA Wire

The world number three will be on Centre Court to play world number 58 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

He arrives in SW19 in what many - including himself - have described as the best form of his life.

Bookmakers have made him the second favourite to go all the way after he conquered a fourth title at Queen's last week in impressive fashion.

Following his wedding to long-time girlfriend Kim Sears in April, Murray, 28, has declared that "marriage works".

Fans gripped by Murray mania will be giving their support inside the All England Club or watching on from the big screen on Murray Mound and TV sets in homes and workplaces up and down the country.

Murray draws Kukushkin at Wimbledon

Andy Murray knows what he has to do now. Credit: PA

Andy Murray will play Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round at Wimbledon and has also been drawn in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal.

Kukushkin is ranked 58th in the world rankings and has lost to Murray on both the two occasions they have previously played each other.

Murray, the 2013 champion, could meet 10th seed Nadal in the last eight but was drawn in the opposite side of the draw to Novak Djokovic, meaning the Scot cannot meet the world number one until the final.

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Murray ranked No.3 for Wimbledon

Andy Murray will be the number three seed at Wimbledon, but Rafa Nadal has been placed at No.10, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Murray is gunning for his second Wimbledon title at the All England Club after becoming the tournament's first British men's singles champion since 1936 two years ago.

Andy Murray has previously won Wimbledon. Credit: PA

The Scot could face Nadal in the quarter finals, depending on how the draw goes on Friday.

Nadal was seeded second at Wimbledon last year but a lack of form and fitness has seen the Spaniard tumble down the ATP rankings.

Murray through to Queen's final

Andy Murray is through to the final. Credit: PA

Andy Murray remained on course for a record-equalling fourth Queen's crown as he swept into the final of the Aegon Championships by brushing aside Viktor Troicki.

The Scot completed a 6-3 7-6 (7/4) success over the Serbian as their rain-delayed last-four meeting resumed, setting up a final meeting with big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in Sunday afternoon's final.

The match resumed at 3-3 in the first set and Murray started in emphatic fashion as he won the first four games of the day.

Troicki broke in the second set for a 3-2 lead, but the home favourite levelled the match at 4-4 before closing out the match on a tie-break.

Murray reveals French Open illness woes

Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic in their French Open semi-final. Credit: PA

Andy Murray has revealed he battled illness and a "closed up" eye during his run to the French Open semi-finals.

The former Wimbledon champion admitted he "didn't feel great" during the competition, but dismissed fears the bug could hit his Wimbledon preparations.

The 28-year-old will start his quest for a fourth title at the Aegon Championships on Monday, but will face a qualifier so has to wait until the end of Sunday's play to discover his first-round opponent.

Murray also confirmed coach Amelie Mauresmo will not join his back-room staff at Queen's Club, but will be on hand for Wimbledon.

I took three and a half days off after Paris and then practised the last couple of days at Wimbledon then came here today; this is the first day I've practised here.

They were three full days off any training or anything. I needed to rest and recover. I was actually sick for about a week, really, so I needed to recover from that too.

To be honest, I actually felt okay, but the day I played (David) Ferrer (in the quarter-finals) I didn't feel great.

When I got on the court and started running around it was fine, but when I got back my left eye closed up, and I had a bad cough for a couple of days.

I don't know whether I was just run down or tired, but it had been a long few weeks - but I feel fine now.

– Andy Murray
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