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Thu 13 Mar 2008 07:39 AM

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Nadal looks to reign at Queen's

The world's number two will return to Queen's Club as part of his preparations for Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal will return to Queen's Club as part of his preparations for Wimbledon, organisers of the warm-up event for tennis's only grasscourt Grand Slam announced Wednesday.

World number two Nadal heads a list of entries which includes newly-crowned Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, British star Andy Murray and reigning Queen's champion Andy Roddick.

French Open king Nadal has played at Queen's for the past two years before twice going on to reach the Wimbledon final, only to be beaten on both occasions by Roger Federer.

But last year he took the Swiss ace to five sets and former multiple French and Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg belives Nadal can go one better this year.

"Nadal can play on any surface," said Borg, who won six French titles and five Wimbledons, said of the hard-hitting Spaniard. "If I would pick a winner for Wimbledon in 2008 I would pick Nadal."

"He knows he can play on grass and he knows he can win on it," Swedish tennis great Borg, the last man to triumph on both the clay of Roland Garros and the lawns of the All England club in the same year, 1980, added.

Queen's chiefs will hope Murray remains fit after the Scot withdrew from last year's edition with a hand injury which also did for his Wimbledon hopes.

Roddick and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt - both of whom have won a record-equalling four Queen's Club titles - will also be returning to the London venue when the tournament, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, starts on June 9.

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