Wawrinka, Raonic lose in 1st round at Queen's
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 20:14
"It has happened in the past where guys haven't done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon", said the Briton after the end of a 14-match winning streak on grass.
Thompson, who lost in the final round of qualifying on Sunday, stepped up to play Murray following the withdrawal early Tuesday of Aljaz Bedene because of a wrist injury.
He fired down 12 aces in total and won 82 percent of his first service points to upstage Murray - in their first career meeting - on centre court.
Then it was the turn of the Spaniard to dent Wawrinka hopes of a good run at Queen's, with an excellent display of grass court tennis which left the three-time Grand Slam champion flummoxed. Served great. Got a lot of free points. "It's huge. Best win of my career".
Stan Wawrinka and Canada's Milos Raonic slumped to straight-sets losses in the first round of the Queen's grass-court tournament on Tuesday in a blow to their preparations for Wimbledon. It was just his second win of the season. A series of injuries over the past two years have sent his ranking to 993 from 69. "That was 22 months out of the game", Kokkinakis said. Honestly, if this was three out of five (sets) today, it's a scenario I feel even more comfortable in because I really do believe a lot of my game can give me more time to figure out the situation and deal with it a little bit better. But every match is so different. My first few forehands hit the back fence.
Wonderful to see Thanasi Kokkinakis get a top 10 win after all the problems he had. Kokkinakis, a close friend of Nick Kyrgios who sat and watched the match throughout, faces Daniil Medvedev in the last 16.
At the top of the draw, Thompson's next challenge is big serving American Sam Querrey, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lingers as a possible quarterfinal match up.
In Halle, Germany, Bernard Tomic looked to turn around a horror 2017 by wiping the floor with German veteran Tommy Haas 6-4 6-4.
But Kokkinakis put all of that misery firmly behind him to win a gritty match over Roanic, the beaten finalist at this tournament previous year.
Ninth seed Daria Gavrilova defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 6-4, while Barty edged qualifier Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 7-6 (1). "There is no guarantee that I won't do well at Wimbledon, but it certainly would have helped to have had more matches".