LONDON: The highest three seeds withered within the baking Queen’s Membership sunshine with 5-time Aegon Championships winner Andy Murray following Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic by means of the exit door on Tuesday.
By far the most important shock was primary seed Murray’s abject 7-6(four) 6-2 defeat to Australian world quantity ninety Jordan Thompson — a late name-up who solely knew he was enjoying shortly earlier than stepping on courtroom towards the defending champion.
Second seed and world quantity three Wawrinka, runner-up on the French Open 9 days in the past, went down 7-6(four) 7-5 to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez whereas one other younger Australian, wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis, accounted for Raonic 7-6(5) 7-6(eight).
Temperatures, which had reached 38 levels on courtroom through the day on the west London membership, have been nonetheless scorching when Murray took to courtroom for his first grasscourt match of the season, having reached the semi-finals of the French Open.
Initially he had been scheduled to face fellow Britain Aljaz Bedene however 23-yr-previous ‘fortunate loser’ Thompson stepped in after Bedene withdrew with a wrist damage.
Murray had misplaced just one match on grass because the summer time of 2014 — to Roger Federer within the 2015 Wimbledon semi-finals — however seemed uncomfortable on the slick floor because the errors flowed from his racket, particularly off the forehand.
Having taken an in depth first set Thompson, who reached the ultimate of the Surbiton challenger occasion final week, raced via the second to the overall shock of the ten,000 crowd.
“Andy’s the world primary — I’ve appeared as much as him and that’s undoubtedly the most important win of my profession. I took every level at a time. I didn’t anticipate it to be profitable in straight units,” he advised the BBC.
“I used to be sitting round yesterday hoping to get a match. Right here I’m, I received within the draw and I used to be so fortunate to be right here. I don’t know if I can say my quick ideas.”
Murray seemed flat and admitted it was a “massive blow” in his construct-up for Wimbledon the place he will probably be aiming to defend the title he gained for a second time final yr.
“It has occurred prior to now the place guys haven’t completed nicely right here and gone on to do properly at Wimbledon,” stated the Briton after the top of a 14-match profitable streak on grass.
“There isn’t any assure that I gained’t do nicely at Wimbledon, nevertheless it definitely would have helped to have had extra matches. He performed higher. I didn’t create a great deal of possibilities.”
After his defeat by Rafa Nadal within the Paris last, Wawrinka added Paul Annacone to his teaching group as a grass courtroom specialist.
The American beforehand coached Federer and Pete Sampras, who between them have taken 14 Wimbledon titles.
However Wawrinka was under his greatest on Tuesday as Lopez produced some deft touches to help his huge serve.
“I got here right here with plenty of confidence and tennis is rather a lot about confidence,” Lopez informed the BBC.
Raonic stated he would spend time on the apply courtroom and within the health club after his defeat by Kokkinakis.
It was the Australian’s first win over a prime-10 participant as he started the lengthy street again from enjoying just one match in 2016.
A collection of accidents over the previous two years had despatched his rating to 993 from sixty nine.
“I’ve been out of the sport for therefore lengthy, it’s big for me,” the 21-yr-previous, now ranked 698, stated.
“I’m making an attempt to look ahead now and get myself going week by week, and I can’t wait to play my subsequent spherical.”
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