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Llodra, Mahut Ready For Grass Swing

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Mahut© Getty ImagesNicolas Mahut reached the 2007 Queen's Club final.

Two serve and volleying Frenchmen, Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut, are both looking forward to competing on the grass-court swing.

Llodra told, at the AEGON Championships, on Monday, "I feel pretty comfortable on the surface, with my serve and volley game it is easier to adjust.

"The courts aren't as fast as a couple of years ago. Players aren't as comfortable on grass as they were because so many players are staying back now."

Llodra has won two ATP World Tour titles on mown lawns at the 2008 UNICEF Open in 's-Hertogenbosch and at last year's AEGON International in Eastbourne.

"Of course, it is always difficult when starting a tournament on grass. You have to play a few matches. I only played 40 minutes yesterday, but I played pretty good today."

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Tenth seed Llodra beat Jaroslav Pospisil of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 on Monday. Mahut, runner-up to Andy Roddick in 2007, defeated British wild card Olivier Golding 6-3, 6-4 earlier in the day.

The 29-year-old Mahut admitted to, "I was not really nervous, because I was looking forward to playing. For me grass is the easiest surface to place on with my serve and volley and backhand slice. I love playing on grass.

"I feel good and have had a good first part of the season. I know I am ready to do well."

Neither World No. 25 Llodra nor No. 103-ranked Mahut have set themselves any ranking goals over the next five weeks.

"I don't have a ranking goal," said Llodra, who often talks about tennis with former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo. "But grass is my favourite surface, especially at Wimbledon, where I will be seeded.

"At 31 years of age, I am just trying to enjoy my tennis now. Of course, I wish I knew what I know now 10 years ago. But it is always the same, how to deal with pressure in matches."

"It is important to be happy on the court, we are lucky to represent our country, our ourselves. Sometimes you can focus too much on your own game, but I am trying to relax."

Mahut admitted, "I don't think about my ranking. I just focus on my game and how I want to play. I know that if I play at a very high level I can beat a lot of players. I want to go further in the Queen's Club tournament."

Llodra plays compatriot Julien Benneteau and Mahut next faces seventh seed Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday.

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