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Murray, Wawrinka Ousted in Queens

26 Juin 2017

Murray was hoping to warm up for his Wimbledon title defence by winning the Queen s title for a sixth time, but instead he succumbed to an astonishing 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 exit against the world number 90.

World number one and defending champion Andy Murray was ousted from the Aegon Championships on Tuesday, as Australia's Jordan Thompson pulled off the stunning 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset.

The Brit felt he was returning to his best form after a hard start to 2017 with a run to the French Open semi-finals, but his grass-court campaign began with a surprise defeat and will leave him facing familiar questions in the build-up to Wimbledon.

"Yeah, [it's] a big blow, for sure", he said. "It has happened in the past where guys haven't done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon".

She next plays Alison Riske, the world number 45 from the United States who is at her best on grass, and has previously reached the semi-final of this tournament.

"If I play like that, I certainly won't win Wimbledon, but I can play better than that".

Three or four hours is still enough time to get ready for a different opponent; it can often be a lot shorter. Today's match was not good but I was much better in practice.

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.

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Postecoglou said he wouldn't be changing the team's approach when they meet the FIFA's fourth-ranked team on Sunday in Moscow . They like a team on the pitch who are fighting for every ball and playing, at moments, good football.

This week, however, the 30-year-old will return to the practice courts with his coach Ivan Lendl and he admits there is no time to lose in his bid to recover form.

The duo overpowered American Sam Querrey and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 6-1 in sweltering west London heat to reach the quarter-finals.

'I signed in for the Lucky Loser spot, ' he said after the incredible win.

The second set grew even worse for Murray, whose backhand lob - usually a trademark shot - dropped long to give Thompson the break and a 3-2 lead.

First it was the third seed, the giant Canadian, Milos Raonic, who was axed down by Australian wild card Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6 (5) 7-6 (8). "My serve helped me in it, and then I won the big points when it mattered".

"Obviously the disappointment is high right now, but whatever the result was this week, I don't think that's really going to change my chances at Wimbledon".

Federer, meanwhile, clinched the greatest triumph of his career when he defeated Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open for his 18th grand slam title. Obviously it's been a tough few months but when I'm playing I am just trying to concentrate on my tennis, and when I'm away from the court I'm just trying to spend time with my family and the people that mean a lot or are important to me.

Murray, Wawrinka Ousted in Queens