Raonic loses to 698th-ranked Kokkinakis at Queen's
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 11:55
What they didn't expect to see though, was the was the massacre of the top three seeds who went tumbling out one after the other in their opening round contests.
A late change of opponent spelled disaster for Andy Murray as the five-time champion at the Queen's club event was knocked out in the opening round on Tuesday. The spectators had been hoping for a repeat of that classic at Roland Garros but neither player made it past the first round at Queen's.
"I have been practising pretty good, and then come out on the court and I'm nervous as anything", said Kokkinakis, who was granted a wildcard to play last week by Queen's Club's Australian tournament director Stephen Farrow. There weren't too many matches yesterday, but I hung around.
"I think it's clear he wouldn't have had his best day today", Thompson said.
"I've been out of the game for so long".
Last year's runner-up at Queen's and Wimbledon - both times to Murray - lost 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) to No. 698-ranked Thanasi Kokkinakis, who was playing only his sixth singles since November 2015 because of injury problems.
Andy Murray will donate his winnings from this week's Queen's Club Championships to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
"I've got a lot of things". "The first set there was not much in it". "It has happened in the past where guys haven't done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon".
Kokkinakis's win was his first over a top-10 opponent, as he came back from trailing 6-3 in the second-set tiebreaker to win with a backhand victor into the corner.
"When I got here, someone pulled out, and I got to play Andy. I felt like some of those issues I was having a long time were still there, and I just wasn't feeling great with my game".
Thompson seized his unexpected chance with an incredibly mature display, hitting 12 aces and saving all three break points against Murray, who had won 10 consecutive matches and the last two titles at Queen's.
Finally fit again, the 21-year-old secured his first Tour level match win for 21 months at 's-Hertogenbosch last week, but even so he surely wouldn't have expected to clinch the best win of his promising career just days later.
There were also wins for Viktor Troicki, Jeremy Chardy, Sam Querrey, Gilles Muller, fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic and Russia's Daniil Medvedev.