Murray, Wawrinka, Raonic shocked at Aegon C’ships
London, June 21 (IANS): Defending champion Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat to World No. 90 Jordan Thompson in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club here.
The world number one lost 6-7, 2-6 to Australia’s Thompson, who entered the draw as a late replacement for the injured Aljaz Bedene of Britain, reports Xinhua news service.
Second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic also lost their first-round matches on Wednesday.
Wawrinka, the beaten finalist at Roland Garros, Paris,lost to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-7, 5-7, while Raonic was beaten by another Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7, 6-7.
The defeat was Murray’s first at the tournament since 2014 and ended his 14-match winning streak on grass, stretching back to 2015.
“It’s a big blow, for sure. It has happened in the past where guys haven’t done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon,” Murray said.
“There is no guarantee that I won’t do well at Wimbledon, but it certainly would have helped to have had more matches,” he added.
“He played better than me. I didn’t create loads of chances. I didn’t return particularly well. He served big. He served well.”