Djokovic, Wawrinka, Murray Unseeded at Queen’s Club/Fever-Tree Championships
by Staff | June 17th, 2018, 7:43 pm
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An insane field at Queen’s Club this year features four of the Top 10, but more shockingly unseeded Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgos, Milos Raonic and defending champion Feliciano Lopez.


Murray, playing his first match of the year coming back from injury, faces Kyrgios in his opener.

FEVER-TREE CHAMPIONSHIPS
LONDON, Great Britain; surface: grass

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, David Goffin, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Kyle Edmund, Tomas Berdych

Floaters: Denis Shapovalov, Stan Wawrinka, Feliciano Lopez, Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic

Notes:

Four of the Top 10 at the Queen’s Club led by Cilic…

Are you kidding? Unseeded Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka, Raonic, Kyrgios and more…

Early-round matches to look for include (5) Querrey vs. Wawrinka 2nd rd., (4) Goffin vs. Lopez (winner vs. Raonic), Murray vs. Kyrgios 1st rd., (6) Sock vs. Medvedev, and (2) Dimitrov vs. Djokovic 2nd rd. (winner to meet (8) Berdych)…

Wildcards were awarded to Djokovic and Brits Jay Clarke, Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie…

Withdrawing from the tournament were Juan Martin del Potro, Filip Krajinovic, Rafael Nadal, Diego Schwartzman and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga…

Lopez outlasted Cilic in a third-set tiebreak for last year’s title…

Former champions in the field are Lopez (2017), the five-time winner Murray (2016-15,’13,’11,’09), Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010).

 


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34 Comments for Djokovic, Wawrinka, Murray Unseeded at Queen’s Club/Fever-Tree Championships

Tennis Vagabond Says:

This is a crazy good line-up, but the list above is hysterical. Has there ever been a more no-name seeds list and a more star-studded ‘floaters’ roster at the same time? Is that 18 slams in the floaters vs 1 in the seeds??

Love grass season. This should be a masters event following Halle, and Wimbledon moved back a week.


Willow Says:

Agree Tennis Vagabond great post, love seeing all the top players back on grass, your one of the best posters here BTW ….


The Arrogant Goat Says:

Ugly kid is out.


RZ Says:

I think Kygrios is a good draw for Andy. It’ll give him a good idea of where his game is, and there’s no shame if he loses to Kyrgios on grass upon a comeback.


RZ Says:

TV, totally agree that there should be a grasscourt masters event. Doubt it’ll happen though.


Margot Says:

Cilic looked good.


Margot Says:

Agree with you about Jay, Kath, and he’s come from an inner city, non-tennis background, all the more of an achievement! And Andy likes him/practises with him, nothing more to be said. :)


j-kath Says:

Margot:

Cilic does look good – but wish he’d stop saying he plans to be No.1…..goes against my superstitous nature.

Yes, wee Jay….has flair – and delighted that Andy likes him too – simply confirms our good taste..ahem…


AndyMira Says:

Andy in 2 or 3…C’mon Andy!!…U can do it!!


Margot Says:

Ahem, ahem Kath, but of course, goes without saying. ;)


Daniel Says:

Djoko saved 2 BP’s and broke right after. Goo, winnign the important points.

Seems Berdy slump continues, down a set to Benneteu.


Daniel Says:

Murray in a few minutes. Almost 1 year outisde competitive tennis, hope he is fit and pain free.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Andy doing not too badly.
I think Kyrios’s hip is hurting him.


Tennis lover Says:

Dandy Andy is no more Handy


AndyMira Says:

Yesss!!…1st set Andy!!Woohooo!!…C’mon!…make it 2!!


Daniel Says:

Seems Kyrgios still can’t string 2 good tourneys, good for Andy.

Djoko x Dimi should be great R16


Margot Says:

Andy is looking surprisingly good, all things considered, but Nick is either not bothered, or injured.
Yes, Kath., very heartening!


Daniel Says:

Murray saving 2 MP’s. Tense!


RZ Says:

Tracking scores here, as I wouldn’t dare try to jinx Andy upon his return by watching. Regardless of what happens this is a good return to the tour for Andy.


Van Persie Says:

Was such a good match. A shame that Andy Dfaulted at Mpoint. Expected a TB.

Welcome back, Andy!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great results so far from 4 of the Ancient Five. Great to see Novak and Stan in a second round, and to see Murray go toe to toe with one the best grasscourters around. This could make Wimbledon MUCH more interesting.


Margot Says:

Shame, but Andy looked much better than I expected/dared to hope. His ROS especially was terrific, seemed to be moving really well too. Got tired towards the end, only to be expected.
Hope he feels OK tomorrow, has a practise or two or an exhibition next week and gets to the 2nd week of Wimbledon. That would be a result!


Daniel Says:

Andy needs some lucky draw at Wimbledon to not face any of the big names in first 3 rounds to get his groove going.


j-kath Says:

VP: Andy couldn’t have managed a second tiebreak (he was exhausted) but pleased he is back from hopelessness -Nole getting back to being Nole – good news for going forward.

Would be good, Daniel – but Andy needs to improve his first serve stats and his life would be easier – nonetheless I was encouraged by his performance. Because of his 2016 Wimbledon performance he’ll gain a few ranking points – might help a little in avoiding a few of the top names early on.????

Agree with Margot re. Andy and also welcome cheerful comments from RZ/TV and A-M and others I’ve already mentioned.


Willow Says:

It was a good match from Andys POV, he pushed NK to the limit, it was always going to be a tough match especially as its his first back, its great to have Andy back welcome back ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

To me, the tour will be much better if Novak and Andy can round themselves into challengers again, and especially if Stan can join them. We know Del Potro is the real deal now, if Fed and Rafa can keep their games up for another year, if Raonic and Thiem and Zverev and Kyrgios stay dangerous, we could have a truly great period of competitive tennis.


Daniel Says:

Djoko passing Dimi has a great shot at finals. There is nobody on that side with grass pedigree (Mannarino, Benneteua, Tiafoe, maybe chardy) for QF and finals. So that match tomorrow is huge for both.


Daniel Says:

Indeed JK, he gets 75% for his Wimbledon title in 2016, which means a buff of 1500 pts to his rankings + 360 pts from last year QF. So, 360 pts plus 1860 pts, for a total of 2.220 pts. That would give him a 32 seed avoiding big names at least for 3 rounds.


j-kath Says:

Many thanks Daniel…knew there were “rewards” for past Wimbledon efforts but didn’t realize it could bring Andy into a 32 seed position. However, articles re. Andy mention he is at last facing possibility of 5-setters (while today only 3-setters)…..so there is loads of discussion Now as to whether he plays Wimbledon as opposed to undertaking 2/3 smaller contests/exhibitions.

PS-Daniel- think you added 360 pts. twice?


RZ Says:

Daniel and J-Kath, I think the seeding formula only applies to those who would be a top 32 seed without the formula – i.e., it rearranges the 32 seeds but doesn’t give anyone outside of that a seeding. So Andy wouldn’t be seeded at Wimbledon. https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/atoz/seeds.html


j-kath Says:

Dear RZ:

I quickly looked up your link – but my brain is protesting – it’s been in overkill today (if I could tell you what has been occuring chez-moi today you’d maybe forgive me) -

I’ll have to re-read tomorrow or see if Daniel is razor sharp…
K


Daniel Says:

J-Kath,

I computed twice because 360 pts is Andy’s current amount of ranking points, from last years Wimby QF. Then you add last 52 total weeks grass points (+360 for 2017 QF) than 75% of best 2016 grass event (in his case, Wimby title): 360 (current ATP points) + 360 (QF2017) + 1500 0.75 x Ttile 2016) = 2220

But, by the link RZ posted, it only works for ATP top 32 seeds, which are rearranged into Wimbledon formula to reward better seedings for players with best grass results in last 2 yers.

Meaning, Andy will need a wildcard if he plays Wimbledon and has a huge shot of playing either one of top 8 seeds in first round or second round (Fed, Nadal, Cilic, A Zverev, Dimi, DelPo, Thiem).


Margot Says:

This a’m’ Andy saying he’s not sure he’s even ready for Wimbles.


j-kath Says:

Thanks Daniel and RZ – but, as Margot posted above, it’s beginning to a bit academic.


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