Andy Murray Advances In Rainy London; Kyrgios-Raonic, Isner-Del Potro To Finish Wednesday

by Staff | June 14th, 2016, 7:10 pm

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.

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] K. Edmund (GBR) vs [8] G. Simon (FRA)
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 46 00
[7] J. Isner (USA) vs [PR] J. del Potro (ARG)
[PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [5] 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)
[1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN)

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19 Comments for Andy Murray Advances In Rainy London; Kyrgios-Raonic, Isner-Del Potro To Finish Wednesday

BBB Says:

Dimitrov is a disaster. What happened.

James Says:

Dimitrov is missing meldonium – after Sugarpova dumped him, his ranking just plummeted.

Willow Says:

I dont know if it was Dasco playing well, or Stan playing horribly, probably a bit of both ?, anyhow i saw the match and it was nice to see him playing like that again, pretty much like when he was top 10, if hes in your favorites side of the draw, and he comes out with nothing to lose, then he can spell trouble for your favorite player, and he seems to play well on grass, always liked him, so well done Fernando ….

J-Kath Says:

Willow: Yes, he can verily be stunning.

chrisford1 Says:

For some reason, when I see this photo, I think it is Reechard Gasquet on the ball trying to look tough with a Gallic sneer, not Andy Murray.

Better than their old stock photo of Andy sitting in a bathtub, though.

J-Kath Says:

Sad for Kygrios …he’d better watch his posture or he’ll look like an elderly gentleman from the side view.

RZ Says:

@CF1 – how about Andy in a Christmas sweater?

Willow Says:

Climbing down from my high horse now, but thats a nice picture of Dasco in the video, and a good interview, i know it sounds shallow, but hes very photogenic, and needs more air time, unlikely but id love to see him back in the top 10, but i think top 20 / 30 would be more realistic, as i think hes still very watchable when he has his head screwed on right ….

Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath…if Nick lived in a home with the likes of my Mom, he would be walking around the house with a book on top of his head. She couldn’t stand for us to walk around stoop shouldered. She would harp on me and my sister continually about our posture. Nick has very bad posture, but doesn’t affect his tennis playing one bit……even though he lost today…..I can appreciate Nick’s tennis, he is fun to watch….but he looks so angry all time… he is ready to throw a punch……..I am thinking he has issues…….

J-Kath Says:

In my small community there is a “gentleman” of Very Mature Age who is often asked about how he achieves his excellent posture when others half his age are bent over like Nick seemed doomed to be. Apparently “the local gentleman” does daily exercises raising and lowering himself from holding the top of the door ledge. I like Nick but it seems he is just too young to appreciate who he is, what he can achieve, and how to walk tall and be proud of it.

We needed to send him to your Mum, God bless her. Maybe you can get him on Twitter or similar.

J-Kath Says:

RF- What about a new photo of Andy. Can’t decide what is the most demeaning of what they regularly show.

Okiegal Says:

J-Kath, my Mom could have straightened up… pun intended! Lol I was serious about the book…..I can see the door ledge working too…..

I see so much potential in Nick….but he has got to get his maturity level in check… immature, but oh so talented! I love to watch the fantastic stuff he can do with a racquet…..I’m liking Theim too!! I am wishing good things for Andy atm! I so hope he makes a great showing at Wimbledon!! C’MON ANDREW…..

J-Kath Says:

Okiegal: I do agree. I also like Nick and live very easily with his controversial behaviour. Gosh we need a bit of anticipation in tennis…robots no. I worry about Thiem. Wants too much too soon. I also worry about Andy, so much expectation with the return of Lendl. Hope for the best.

Getting visits from Walter’s US Univ. friends late summer…my development project needs to revert to home maintenance asap. Just returned from my favourite sister’s and beginning to find I have more energy. Hope you are well and cheerful.

mat4 Says:

How things change, under the pressure of the PR machine:

Lendl in 2011: “What happens if Rafa wins the Australian Open?” Ivan Lendl, a winner of eight major titles, asked recently. “I’d call it a _Grand Slam_. To me you have the career Grand Slam, _the Grand Slam_ that Rafa could win now, then you have the calendar Grand Slam. There’s also the Golden Slam that Steffi had.”

Lendl in 2016: “In tennis there is the career grand slam, _there is four in a row_, there is the calendar year grand slam and the golden slam. He [Djokovic] has a chance to do that this year,” he said.

While I like the respect Lendl showed for Novak, what was a “Grand Slam” for Rafa, suddenly becomes “four in a row” in Novak’s case.

Let somebody explain me why.

Okiegal Says:

JK glad you had had a great time with your Sissy. Sounds like you are doing great….yes I am trying to be cheerful and happy for those about me. I still don’t sleep…..but I am getting by. Thanks for asking!

Vami Says:

There’s a good chance (odds a similar to RG) that Ivan will be forced to call it soon 5 in a row.

mat4 Says:


The more you win the hardest it becomes. I hope sincerely that you are right.

madmax Says:

I am really pleased these two are back together though. This is where he has had his most success.

I think Novak will have a thing or two to say about Andy, ‘bringing him down’, though!

McEnroe, once again divulging information which is not his to divulge, discussing Lendl’s hip operation, BEFORE Lendl. Seriously, Mcenroe needs to stop trying to grab the limelight all of the time.

I wonder whether now that he is training Raonic, we won’t see him as a BBC commentator at all?

Mat4, can you post the link because I can’t see that Lendl has said that per se.

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