It was a mixed day for US Open champions Wednesday on the grass at Queen’s. Marin Cilic edged Gilles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 while Stan Wawrinka wasn’t as fortunate falling to Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.
“It’s frustrating to lose it,” said Wawrinka. “I think the level is there. I think I’m moving quite well on the grass and I was feeling good. I had a lot of chances in the first set and I didn’t make it. He was playing really well. He’s a tough player to play on the grass.
“It was a tough match, but I think in general this is a positive loss for me. For sure, I’m sad and frustrated because I need to win matches.”
Querrey’s countryman Frances Tiafoe also won in three sets beating Leo Mayer, and Jeremy Chardy ousted Daniil Medvedev.
On Thursday, Novak Djokovic returns to face Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios takes on British No. 1 Kyle Edmund.
In Halle, upsets were the theme of the day starting with Dominic Thiem who was stunned by Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 7-5.
Kei Nishikori was also sent off by Karen Khachanovic 6-2, 6-2.
“I think today I just made too many unforced errors,” Nishikori said. “He was playing good but nothing special. I think I made so many mistakes and I think today I couldn’t make good serves and also I should have tried to stay a little bit more on the baseline. I think that all mistakes were from me.
Denis Kudla advanced over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut eliminated Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5.
Roger Federer is back in action on Thursday against Benoit Paire. Borna Coric and Philipp Kohlschreiber are also on court.
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