Nadal, Murray Begin Grass Season at Queen’s Club; Del Potro, Nalbandian Return
It’s a big day at the Queen’s Club grass tournament in London. Today, French Open champion Rafael Nadal makes his 2011 grass court debut along with local hero Andy Murray.
Also in action are a pair of Argentines, Juan Martin Del Potro and David Nalbandian, who will play their second round matches.
Nadal, who has won four of the last five Grand Slam tournaments, is the defending Wimbledon champion. The 10-time Slam winner will meet qualifier Matthew Edben of Australia later today. Nadal won Queens in 2009 and he’s reached the quarterfinals or beyond in each of his four appearances at the tournament.
Murray, the 2008 Queens winner, will face former Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse. The Scot is 3-0 ahead on Malisse and beat the Belgian at Wimbledon in 2008.
Del Potro will battle Igor Kunitsyn while Nalbandian plays Bozoljac.
“I want to have a good ranking for the US Open,” Del Potro said yesterday after his first round win. “I don’t have time [ahead of] Wimbledon. I have won two tournaments this year and it’s amazing. I’m playing really well, but I need time to improve more.
“I want to serve much better than [I am at] this moment. My first goal for this year is playing, stay healthy, playing many tournament and try to recover my game.”
Yesterday, Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and defending champion Sam Querrey were among the big winners.
Roddick knocked out Feliciano Lopez in three 76(2) 67(5) 64. Lopez slammed 35 aces in the match, but it wasn’t enough.
“I didn’t enjoy it when I saw I might play him in the second round, I’ll tell you that much,” Roddick said. “I knew it was going to be tough. He a very good grass-court player.
“[But] I feel great on grass. This is one of my favourite tournaments in the world and I’m just so happy to be back here in London.”
ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE, 2011
CENTRE start 12:30 pm
 M Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] A Clement (FRA)
X Malisse (BEL) vs  A Murray (GBR)
 R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] M Ebden (AUS)
 J del Potro (ARG) vs I Kunitsyn (RUS)
 R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) vs M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP)
COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
 J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs M Russell (USA)
[Q] I Bozoljac (SRB) vs  [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs  I Ljubicic (CRO)
A Mannarino (FRA) vs  G Simon (FRA)
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