Sir Andy Murray: 'Queen's exit is big blow for Wimbledon hopes'

21 June, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Andy Murray at a practice session ahead of his Aegon Championships title defence

The top-seeded Murray only faced world No. 90 Thompson because a wrist injury forced Aljaz Bedene to withdraw from the competition, per the tournament's official Twitter account.

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

But he played like a champion to send title-holder Murray spinning out of the Aegon Championships 7-5 6-2, costing him vital match practice ahead of the defence of his Wimbledon crown, in two weeks time. There is no guarantee that I won't do well at Wimbledon, but it certainly would have helped to have had more matches.

"It's a big blow, for sure", Murray said, according to the BBC.

Murray beat Bedene in the second round at Queen's previous year and if he wins again he will face either 2010 Queen's champion Sam Querrey or another Briton - wild card Cameron Norrie - in the last 16. I didn't expect it to be winning in straight sets.

Murray saved one set point but not the next as another backhand volley dropped into the bottom of the net and the underdog took the frame.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is now gearing up to defend his title at Queen's Club, with his opening match taking place today against Aljaž Bedene.

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With the Queen's champion well below his best, 23-year-old Thompson seized his opportunity in memorable fashion and handed Murray his earliest exit from the tournament since 2012. Milos Raonic (3) was beaten by Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (10-8) and Stan Wawrinka (2) was downed by Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.

"Then this morning, I just put my transport, planning on doing the same thing, signing in, waiting around".

Murray was also disappointed that his pledge to give his prize money to victims of the Grenfell disaster will now only yield the £12,000 first round loser's purse.

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

Thompson has never won a Tour title, while Murray has 45, including three Grand Slams, to his credit.

But after a week's break following the conclusion of the French Open, the world No 1 was off his best and succumbed to a shock first-round exit at the hands of Thompson.

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