Murray Stunned By Thompson In Queen’s; Wawrinka, Raonic Also Out

by Staff | June 20th, 2017, 4:20 pm

After a nice rebound at the French Open from an otherwise lackluster clay season, Andy Murray’s return to form took a big hit Tuesday as the defending champion was stunned in his Queen’s opener by lucky loser Jordan Thompson 7-6(4), 6-2.

Thompson only gained a late entry when Brit Aljaz Bedene withdraw. And the 23-year-old Aussie had never even won a grass match before.

“He played better than me,” said Murray who won just 55% of his first serves, a trouble area all season. “The first set there was not much in it. I made some mistakes in the middle part of the tie-break, which gifted it to him a little bit.

“I didn’t create loads of chances, really. I didn’t return particularly well. He served big. He served well.”

The 5-time champion dropped the opener but just when it felt like Murray would get on track he was broken early in the second, and the youngster breezed to the biggest victory of his career.

“Definitely, beating the World No. 1 and Grand Slam champion, and beating him on grass at Queen’s,” Thompson said. “Yeah, it’s definitely ranked No. 1.”

It was the earliest exit for Murray at Queen’s in 11 years since 2006 and it marked the first time since 2015 Cincinnati that the Scot failed to break serve in a match (streak of 136 matches is over).

Murray now heads to a big title defense at Wimbledon with some doubt.

“A big blow, for sure. Obviously this tournament has given me great preparation in the past, and when I have done well here, Wimbledon has tended to go pretty well, too,” Murray said.

“Not ideal obviously, but guys have in the past also gone into Wimbledon having not won lots of matches,” he added. “But it certainly would have helped to have had more matches.”

Other results included Marin Cilic knocking out John Isner and a pair of top seeds went down as 2016 finalist Milos Raonic fell to the returning Thanasi Kokkinakis in two breakers and Stan Wawrinka was bounced by Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-5.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov are in action on Wednesday.

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37 Comments for Murray Stunned By Thompson In Queen’s; Wawrinka, Raonic Also Out

skeezer Says:

F-lo is one spaniard that has a good s&v game.

Andrew Miller Says:

FLopez definitely has a big sv game. He’s has a good two week run pre Wimbledon. I’m happy to see Pouille playing well also, he plays with a lot of guts and flair, though not as dramatic Gasquet, Monfils, Tsonga. The French are a good group on the grass.

Colin Says:

Andy will be upset to have lost so early when he had donated his Queen’s Club winnings in advance to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. Had he retained his title that would have been a tidy sum, but how much does he get now?

Thompson was terrific – technically excellent and completely fearless. It will be interesting to see if he can build on this performance, but surely he’ll lose in the next few days.
Won’t he???

Colin Says:

From the BBC website, I learn that Andy gets a mere 12 thousand pounds.

gonzalowski Says:

Andy, Raonic, Wawrinka… grass can be super-dangerous, let’s see Rafa on the 1st week of Wimbledon.

J-Kath Says:

Re. Nole:

Worth having a gander at this article – mainly for the picture.

Margot Says:

Sitting in stands watching Young and Troicki. Good seat looking down on VIPs and players watching match.
Hot as heck. Eek 😉
😎🙌😏🙋 to all my mates on tx

Giles Says:

Andy should play Eastbourne imo

Giles Says:

Soooo joker not playing Poodles this year!!

AndyMira Says:

Don’t forget to drink a lotttttt of water M!!…We don’t want u to get fried like a shrimp!!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Margot, congrats! Hope you’re enjoying it. Too bad all the stars are out!
Today, Tsonga.
Out of the top 5:
1, 2, 3, 5 are all out.
Only Cilic left.

I didn’t have high hopes for Stan at Wimbledon, he’s never been great on grass, but for Milos and Andy, last year’s Wimbledon finalists, out on their first grass match of the year… not good.

That’s also another near-500 point drop for Andy, and he has 2000 to defend up next. If Rafa does better than Andy next week, he could overtake him. If they both do mediocre, e.g. QF or R16, they’ll be neck and neck.

Okiegal Says:

@Margot…….Just look at you……using all those emojis……LOVE IT! So sorry you are not getting to see your beloved Andy. Dang these tennis players……they make it so hard on us fans. If I ever do get to see Rafa I will make sure it will be his first match…….Try to have a good time anyway…….the “eek” sign was a great idea……WHERE IS I? IT??? Lol ❤️ 👀 👓🎾and💃 and 🍔n 🍟n 🍦! 😘😘

Willow Says:

TV Is Rafa playing a grass court warm up, as ive not heard anything ? ….

jalep Says:


I don’t think so. Imo he doesn’t need to. He’s got such great resources in Mallorca. Plenty of top notch practice partners and supposedly playing on grass just like Wimbledon. He’ll certainly be ready. It’s good he’s not out there in the 40C heat in London.

Happy to hear that Novak took a WC into Eastbourne. He surely needs some match play on grass.

Here to wave to Margot!

Hope I catch a glimpse of you :D Sun hat? Big smile. Fanning yourself like crazy? Watching Dimitrov v Benneteau? Benneteau appears to be playing maybe his best grass court tennis ever.

Sad that Andy lost first round. Geez. Was really looking forward to watching him at Queens —- I imagine you were too! Very worried about Andy. But the important thing is that he’s happy, healthy and shingles free. Good man, Andy.

Cheers Margot!

Go Dimitrov!

Andi Mira, I’ll be back on Tenngrand — just needed a breather okay.
It will be fine, maybe lol…I got the stuffing knocked out of me!

jalep Says:

Nice to see Kokkinakis back and playing so well!

RZ Says:

Hi Margot, have a fabulous time! 😎🙌😏🙋 back at you.

Hi Jalep! I agree about 4K. :-)

RZ Says:

Muller could be a sleeper for a deep run at Wimbledon.

jalep Says:

Hello RC!

Was 4K was making you happy! Remember you liked him too.

Love the WTA these days — Azarenka winning matches in Mallorca and Kvitova in Birmingham. Wow, Wimbledon is going to be good.

jalep Says:

Muller and Lopez indeed @ Wimbledon.

Lopez is looking so good on grass this year.

jalep Says:

Typo….RZ not RC…sorry!

RZ Says:

No worries jalep, I knew you meant me. :-)
Yes, I’m happy to see 4K back. I hope he is over his various injuries. Lopez is always a threat on grass. Very good there.
I love that Azarenka scrapped her way through her return match. I can’t see her winning Wimbledon, but happy she’s back. And very happy to see Kvitova back. Hoping she’ll win her 3rd Wimbledon.

jalep Says:

Lisicki Too. It’s about time Sabine comes back!

Are you able to watch WTA this week, RZ?

RZ Says:

Sadly no. I don’t get any of the streaming that shows WTA matches. :-(

jalep Says:

Halep got into Eastbourne. Hope she’s okay emotionally. I still feel sick when I think how she came so close and missed perhaps such a rare (no Serena, no Maria, no Azaremka) opportunity for a GS title

jalep Says:

Yeah…we have to wait and hope we see WTA during Wimbledon. It sucks this season — no WTA.

James Says:

Murray back to his usual, after the unexpected blip towards the end of 2016. Djokovic loses a 6-0 third set to Thiem at a slam quarters. Then skips grass prep.

Boy, nothing can stop Federer or Nadal (in that order) from winning wimbledon this year.

Raonic went out to a player ranked don’t remember how low. Thiem, Zverev (the younger one)? Lets see how they recover from the mauling they got at the French.

RZ Says:

@James – there is nothing “usual” about Murray losing in his first match Queens. He has won the title there 5 times.

Colin Says:

Did you guys see Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt? Should we all have a whip-round and send him a few quid?

No, I thought not.

jalep Says:

lol Colin.

No, I wouldn’t.

Margot Says:

Just had a cold shower and no, not because I saw Gorgeous Grig either😏 So hot I thought I’d blooming melt today. GG and JB played some beautiful tennis 🎾 lovely match. But best battle was between Berd and young Dennis who really took it to Berd. Fantastic 😃 talent. 😁 poor berd, whole stadium cheering for the kid😎
Lovely to see you Jalep, huge 🙌 to you and all the gorgeous gals and guys on tx

Truth Says:

Murray has to wade through.many marathon matches and easy draws to become # 1.
Del Po caught the right time to kill Djoker. Then Murray ate the dessert and tired out Del Po.
Murray really didn’t plow through Djoker and dominate the tour in any way. Djoker was and is out of control.

Winning queens club doesn’t change anything at Wimbledon. That googly-eyed Fed floon Roddick was proof.
Even if murray beat Fed many times in 1 year, Murray wouldn’t be considered dominate. Fed was just overrated.

Truth Says:

* considered dominant

AndyMira Says:

Hey j!…How r u?Hope all is well…that’s alright!Take your time…everybody needs a time out once in a while….don’t i know it???Urgh!!

AndyMira Says:

@M!…Cold shower??…Hmm…things sounds so ‘hot’ out there!!

J-Kath Says:

Good for you RZ at 3.00pm.

Andy looked like he had a draining day with the Shingles – which can reappear out of no-where… let’s hope he’s in better shape for Wimbledon.

Willow Says:

Jalep @11.12am June 21st thanks for the reply ….

Willow Says:

Got a horrible feeling yucky Cilic might go on to win Queens title, hes about to bagel this guy hes playing that ive never heard of ….

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