Andy Murray opened his grass season with a tough 7-6(8), 7-6(1) win over Den Bosch champion Nicolas Mahut in the first round at the Queen’s Club in rainy London today.
Murray, who is making his return with Ivan Lendl this week, was down a break in both sets – Mahut served for the second – but overcame both deficits to win in straight sets.
“It was a good win. Nicolas is a very good grass-court player, coming off winning an event just yesterday. So he’s confident and has played a lot on the grass,” Murray said. “I haven’t really hit many balls on the grass the last few days.
“So to get a win against a player as good as him on grass, [without] loads of preparation, is a good win.”
The 4-time tournament champion will meet countryman Aljaz Bedene on Thursday.
No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka continued to struggle. The Swiss who made an inauspicious debut with former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek losing to Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 7-6(3).
Also, Marin Cilic beat Feliciano Lopez, Roberto Bautista Agut upended Sam Querrey in a third set breaker and Janko Tipsarevic got back in the win column sending home the reeling Grigor Dimitrov. It was the Serb’s first tour level win in over a year. Dimitrov has now lost his last six matches.
Rain delayed play several times and forced the completion of some matches to Wednesday. Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios were suspended at a set apiece while John Isner’s match against Juan Martin del Potro never began.
WEDNESDAY QUEEN’S LONDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] K. Edmund (GBR) vs  G. Simon (FRA)
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs  M. Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 46 00
 J. Isner (USA) vs [PR] J. del Potro (ARG)
[PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) vs  M. Cilic (CRO)
COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[WC] D. Evans (GBR) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
S. Johnson (USA) vs [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA)
 P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN)
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