Raonic loses to 698th-ranked Kokkinakis at Queen's

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

The Belarusian, a two-time Australian Open champion in 2012 and 2013, was one game from defeat against Ozaki in her first-round tie when play was suspended due to bad light on Tuesday.

All the same, winning in straight sets against Murray, the man who's won five of the last eight titles at Queens, was scarcely believable.

"Yeah, a big blow, for sure", said Murray, the five-time victor of the event. "I have heard great things about the tournament", Djokovic 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.

Andy Murray can still win Wimbledon and there is no need to panic about his recent dip in form, insists former British number one Greg Rusedski.

Wimbledon starts on July 3.

"I do think that a lot can change in a short period of time".

"It's everything. It's huge for me", Kokkinakis said.

'If I play like that then I certainly won't win Wimbledon, but I can play better than that'.

Milestone win: For Jordan Thompson. Following Bedene's withdrawal, the vacant slot was handed to Jordan Thompson (90 ATP) who simply chose to make the match of his life.

Thompson lost to Jeremy Chardy in qualifying on Sunday. I was always coming in, trying to sign in, and here I am in the draw.

"I found out quite a number of hours in advance so I was able to see quite a bit of him online and have seen him play a few matches before", Murray said. I proved it at the French and there are many, many cases of it in the past. "I just wanted to enjoy myself and stay calm".

Thompson, who has lost all four of his previous grass-court matches, struck 12 aces and saved all three break points he faced to hand Murray his first opening-round loss at Queen's Club since 2006. His defeat ended a 17-match win streak in London covering Queen's, Wimbledon and the year-end finals.

"I was pretty pumped".

"Obviously, I would have liked to have done well here for a number of reasons, that being a very good one".

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.

"He made a couple of loose errors he usually wouldn't make". Federer stands to gain if Murray is not at his best, the Swiss chasing his 19th grand slam title and eighth at Wimbledon, where he has most often produced his best tennis.

Murray sounded disappointed, as was to be expected, but he also sounded a little stunned.

Murray wasn't the only big name wiped out in first-round action.

There was perhaps some minor comfort for Murray in the woes of other big names.

The second-seeded Wawrinka was beaten by big-serving Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 7-5, with the Spanish player sealing victory off a net cord from a sliced backhand return.

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