By Jake Davies
- Jordan Thompson [LL] beats Andy Murray  7-6 (4) 6-2
LONDON, UK – Andy Murray led an all-star exodus from Queen’s as the top three seeds were felled, but his loss ahead of Wimbledon casts doubts about his readiness to defend his title.
Jordan Thompson [LL] def. Andy Murray  7-6 (4) 6-2
On paper it was a match that many thought the two-time defending champion would breeze through with relative ease, but Thompson’s brave serving and fighting spirit guided the Australian to the biggest win of his young career thus far.
The first set moved into a tiebreak, where Murray had a mini break, but a costly double fault from the Briton completely switched the momentum of that tiebreak and gave Thompson a fighting chance.
After losing the tiebreak, Murray generated a 0-40 situation at 1-0* in the second, but the Australian continued to raise his level on the big points, which is something that Murray failed to do for large phases of this first round encounter.
The underperforming Murray gave up the first break in the second with another tame forehand, before eventually losing the match comfortably in the end.
Both of Murray’s historic Wimbledon victories in 2013 and 2016 followed great title runs at Queens, so this raises considerable doubts over Murray winning a third title next month at SW19.
The saving grace for Murray is that these stunning upsets are much harder to initiate over a best-of-five format at a Grand Slam and Murray’s ability to turn matches around over a longer format is that much greater in those circumstances. The worry, though, is that Murray will go into Wimbledon with not much competitive action on the grass, which is a rarity in itself in recent years for the World No.1.
Also Murray has a tendency to bounce back from these slumps and disappointing results, like he did at Roland Garros, but the question is whether Murray can do that once again at Wimbledon with no match-wins on the grass this season.
It was a dismal couple of days for the British players at Queens as all five Brits, Murray, Kyle Edmund, James Ward, Liam Broady and Cameron Norrie failed to win a single match. The first time a home nation goes without a single win at an event since 1983.
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