Djokovic cruises at Queen's, Murray set to return

Ruben Hill
June 22, 2018

Former world No.1 Murray was returning from an nearly year-long lay-off due to a hip injury and looked to be in good touch after taking the first set.

World No. 5 Dimitrov beat Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 in his opening match as the Bulgarian bids to win Queen's for the second time. Troubled by a serious hip injury, Murray hobbled away from the All England Club at the end of that painful day, heading for 11 months out of action. "I'm not expecting to win against Kyrgios", Murray said.

It was Kyrgios' first victory over the two-time Wimbledon champion at his sixth attempt and also his first singles victory in west London.

The Serb has fallen to 22 in the ATP rankings after 12 months disrupted by an elbow injury, but the three-times Wimbledon champion looked sharp against qualifier Millman.

"If I'm feeling good physically and if I believe in myself there is no reason why I can't go into Wimbledon as one of the serious threats", he said. So I went from quite a familiar style of serving up to Wimbledon past year. Up 3-1 in the tiebreak serving.

The 12-time Major champion and former No1 had been struggling with an elbow problem through the weeks leading up to the grass swing. "I've just got to keep staying healthy, hopefully, and I'll be fine".

Kyrgios will now face Kyle Edmund, another home hopeful, in the second round after the British number one got the better of Ryan Harrison 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

Djokovic swapped his tennis shoes for hiking boots in the intervening period and the break clearly worked wonders as he demolished John Millman 6-2 6-1 in the first round of the Queen's Club championships. "I played juniors with him - I always knew he was going to be pretty good".

In the following match on Centre Court, a nearby burglar alarm brought proceedings to a standstill for a couple of minutes as Millman prepared to serve, Djokovic - on his way to a 6-2 6-1 success - left looking somewhat bemused. This is the first tournament that Grigor Dimitrov is playing since the French Open so he should be fresh heading into this match.

Milos Raonic also progressed but later withdrew due to a shoulder injury.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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