Andy Murray has set his sights on a record fifth title in this summer's Aegon Championships at Queen's Club.

The world No.2 confirmed yesterday that he will defend the trophy he won for a fourth time last summer with victory over Kevin Anderson.

That made Murray the eighth four-time champion, joining the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick, but no one has yet managed a fifth.

Murray, the champion in 2009, 2011, 2013 as well as 2015, said: "If I could win it a fifth time it would be amazing. The names that have won it four times - they are all great tennis players. I've played some of my best tennis at the Queen's Club over the years.

“Maybe it’s because I enjoy the tournament - it’s a great event. One of the nice things is that it’s at a club, which you don’t get that much on the tour.

“I’ve spent a lot of time there, played it 10 or 11 years in a row, and they get really great crowds. The courts are fantastic - I’ve got to know a few of the groundsmen quite well, and they put a lot of hard work and effort in to making the courts perfect.”

Aegon Championships Tournament Director, Stephen Farrow, said: “Andy is one of our greatest champions, and universally popular - not just with the crowd, but with everyone that puts the tournament on.

“We see quite a lot of him throughout the year and he is always supportive of our efforts to make the tournament the best that it can be.

“We are proud to have so many great players as four-time winners of a tournament which has more than 125 years of history. If Andy won a record fifth title, it would be an extraordinary achievement.”

The 28-year-old made his debut at Queen's in 2005 and used the club's clay courts to prepare for November's Davis Cup final.

Meanwhile, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares got their Apia International campaign off to the perfect start by beating James Duckworth and John Millman in Sydney.

Briton Murray and Brazilian doubles partner Soares won the first set 6-4 but fell 7-5 in the second against the Australian pair.

A tie-break eventually saw Murray and Soares emerge 11-9 victors in the third to secure a second-round spot.

Britain's Colin Fleming was also celebrating after beating Bob and Mike Bryan 7-5 7-5 alongside doubles partner Jonathan Erlich of Israel.

Broxburn-born Fleming helped to see off the 16-time men's doubles Grand Slam champions in under an hour-and-a-half in their first-round clash.