Murray falls at the first hurdle
Andy Murray couldn’t progress to the second round of the AEGON Championships at Queen’s.
It wasn’t just Murray who’s suffered shock defeats this week though, as Roddick, Tsonga and Nadal were all beaten too.
Murray was dumped out by Nicolas Mahut trying to defend his Queen’s title, but was beaten 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-1). Mahut was later beaten by the Bulgarian Dimitrov.
Now at the quarterfinals stage, Cilic – the only seeded player left – will play the up and coming Sam Querrey from America, whilst Dimitrov will have to battle it out against Nalbandian for a place in the final.
It was a big shock for Murray, but now he’ll compete in The Boodles exhibition event in Buckinghamshire ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on June 25.
Will this be the time for Murray? Will he finally be the first Brit since Fred Perry to win Wimbledon in 1936? Let’s hope so.
To me, Murray just didn’t seem prepared mentally to be there. There wasn’t the passion – or ‘anger’ – that we’re used to seeing. You’d think he’d want to win this one, but I just couldn’t see any determination from him.
It looked as if his game was still on clay, because he was attempting to slide on a surface which is risky to do it on. So maybe he hadn’t quite acclimatised to the grass courts yet, and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the event in Buckinghamshire, along with a lot more training sessions, will get him ready for the vigorous test of Wimbledon.
Hopefully, he’ll be able to perform better in the Grand Slam than he has done in this preliminary tournament!
Tsonga and Roddick were handed early exits from Queen’s too.
Roddick will play in another warm-up tournament before Wimbledon, but Tsonga will be resting as he severely sprained a finger during his loss to Ivan Dodig.
Both will be hoping for better results on the Wimbledon grass courts, as Tsonga reached the semifinals last year, and Roddick loves the London tennis scene.
Nadal was hoping to prepare for his Wimbledon defence with a win in Halle.
But he also suffered a defeat to the reigning Gerry Weber Open champion, Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the quarterfinals
Federer is also in this competition and will be hoping to register a good run of wins before stopping off at London.