Jordan Thompson shocks Andy Murray, and himself, at Queens
- Author: Toni Ryan Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 1:49
Murray was hoping to warm up for his Wimbledon title defence by winning the Queen's title for a sixth time, but instead he succumbed to an astonishing 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 defeat against the world number 90.
Thompson now faces American Sam Querrey in the second round on Thursday.
Andy Murray, the world's top-ranked tennis player, will have an incentive beyond tuning up for Wimbledon during the Aegon Championships.
"I signed in for the lucky loser spot and there weren't too many matches yesterday, but I hung around".
"It's a big frustration", said Raonic, who failed to convert any of his eight break-point opportunities.
Murray also played in a fund-raising match at the end of that year's tournament with his coach, Ivan Lendl, Tim Henman and Tomas Berdych. "I can play better than that".More news: Queen Visits Survivors Of London Tower Block Fire
"I do feel he served well and got a lot of free points from his serve, but I also feel like I have made a lot of mistakes in the second set and gifted him a few points which I wouldn't normally do".
"Obviously it's been a tough few months, no question about that, but when I'm playing, I'm just trying to concentrate on my tennis and when I'm away from the court I'm just trying to spend a lot of time with my family and the people that mean a lot or are important to me".
Wawrinka opens his Queen's campaign against Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, while Milos Raonic, beaten by Murray in the Queen's and Wimbledon finals past year, starts against Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis. If I play like that, I certainly won't win Wimbledon.
Murray's year has stuttered and spluttered since the start of January and every promising improvement seems to have been met with a swift disappointment. I trained a lot Monday to Thursday and then I was playing practice sets.
Murray wasn't the only big name wiped out in first-round action.