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

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

With temperatures reaching nearly 38 degrees on court, Murray, a twice Wimbledon champion, was beaten 7-6 (4) 6-2 by Australian world number 90 Jordan Thompson. I definitely didn't expect to be winning here in straight sets.

'All those can happen in one tournament or they can happen over a spread period of time, but I think that it's going to come down to one or two matches where you can say, like, people look back and say, you know, that was the moment when he turned it around'.

This was the world number one's ninth defeat already in 2017 and sixth against an opponent ranked outside the top 20. Thompson lost to Jeremy Chardy in qualifying on Sunday.

Finally fit, although still less than 100 percent, Kokkinakis secured his first Tour level match win for 21 months at 's-Hertogenbosch last week.

The two-time Wimbledon champion has proven himself one of the greatest scrappers but even he could not escape this time as a forehand blown wide conceded a second break, and Thompson duly served out after an hour and 43 minutes.

The Swiss appeared to hurt his left knee during the first set and was given few free shots by 35-year-old Lopez, who produced some immaculate shots on his favourite surface in reaching the last 16 of the Wimbledon warm-up event.

Andy Murray will face Jordan Thompson in the first round of the Queen's grass-court tournament on Tuesday after the top-ranked player's original opponent, Aljaz Bedene, withdrew because of a wrist injury.

While Wawrinka's exit wasn't too much of a surprise, given Lopez's recent form and liking for grass, the early departure of third-seeded Raonic in west London certainly was.

It was a similar story in the second but it was Raonic who started to show signs of cracking, blowing three set points, before the Australian sealed victory with his second match point, to cap off the best result of his career - in only his fifth encounter of 2017.

"It's a big frustration", said Raonic, who failed to convert any of his nine break-point opportunities.

Major shoulder surgery, a torn oblique muscle, osteitis pubis, a torn pec, a bad elbow, a serious groin issue and a back problem - the 21-year-old's medical history reads like a copy of Gray's Anatomy.

"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've been out for so long".

At London: ATP Aegon Championships: Stefan Kozlov bt Steve Johnson 3-6, 6-1, 6-1; Julien Benneteau bt James Ward 6-2, 6-2; Thanasi Kokkinakis bt Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8).



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