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Milos Raonic loses to 698th-ranked Thanasi Kokkinakis at Queen's

Milos Raonic loses to 698th-ranked Thanasi Kokkinakis at Queen's”

Milos Raonic has crashed out of the Aegon Championships at Queen's after a shock defeat to world No. 698 Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The third-seeded Raonic was the runner-up at both Queen's and Wimbledon in 2016, losing in the final to Andy Murray both times.

But the Canadian's hopes of warming up for Wimbledon with another strong showing at Queen's were wrecked by Kokkinakis's stunning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (10/8) triumph.

Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrates winning the first set against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during day two of the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

"You don't want to know about the extensive list of injures I've had".

"It's everything. This match was huge for me.to be out of the game so long. first top ten win and to do it on a court like this", a visibly emotional Kokkinakis told the BBC.

"I can't wait to play my next round".

The young Australian will play either Daniil Medvedev or Nicolas Mahut in the next round.

Raonic only reached the last 16 at the recent French Open, but clay doesn't suit his big-serving game as well as the manicured lawns of London. "I was letting him dictate too much", Raonic said.

" For me, apart from Zverev and Thiem, I think Thanasi is right up there with those guys".

LONDON (AP) - Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic slumped to straight-sets losses in the first round of the Queen's grass-court tournament on Tuesday in a blow to their preparations for Wimbledon.

But the 32-year-old had lost four of his eight previous Queen's matches and once again he was destined for disappointment. He returned to action in May and played three events before Queen's, with his ranking as low as No. 993 only last week.



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