Murray to face Jordan Thompson at Queen's after Bedene withdrawal

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Roger Federer was beaten in the first round in Stuttgart last week while Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic were both out of Queen's before Murray had even come on court.

Murray ended 77 years of British pain when he won Wimbledon in 2013, then repeated the triumph in 2016.

"But guys in the past have gone in to Wimbledon having not won lots of matches".

Djokovic has not played a grasscourt warmup tournament ahead of Wimbledon since 2010.

Rusedski, however, insists there is no reason to panic.

"There's still a lot of work to do physically and on my game, to be in a better place on grass".

Thompson will go through to face American Sam Querrey in round two.

Milestone win: For Jordan Thompson.

The world No. 90 put in a phenomenal serving display as he put the Scot to the sword, winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in a huge upset.

Thompson should not have been derailing the world No 1's Wimbledon preparations with such ease and such aplomb.

I found out that I was playing Jordan Thompson a few hours before the match, when I finished practising and saw on my phone that he had replaced Aljaz Bedene, who was injured.

For all Murray's inadequacies, the Australian 23-year-old played brilliantly, dictating the points with his rasping forehand and showing an aggressive approach that his more established opponent was simply unable to match. "It just means I've got a lot of work to do", the world number one told BBC on Wednesday.

"That wasn't a great period of the match for me there. If someone was going to pull out, I was always going to be there", he said. It's tough for everyone, but especially Andy I think. I just wanted to go out there and enjoy it. I need to get myself out there on the practice court.

Also Murray has a tendency to bounce back from these slumps and disappointing results, like he did at Roland Garros, but the question is whether Murray can do that once again at Wimbledon with no match-wins on the grass this season.

He added: "I was pretty pumped". I didn't expect to win in straight sets.

"I can't wait to play in the next round".

Instead, it was Kokkinakis who announced his own credentials as a future grass-court force in memorable fashion.

'I hit a fair few aces and got a fair few serve winners and unreturnables.

"It was a good day at the office". He and Murray have never previously met.

The tournament organisers have also confirmed to Esquire that they will support the fund set up to help the victims of the tragedy, which killed at least 79 people and left hundreds of others homeless.

"He [Thompson] served well, I didn't return the first serve well enough, and my decision-making and movement on the grass can get better".

Last year's runner-up at Queen's and Wimbledon 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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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