Britain's Sir Andy Murray admits his Wimbledon defence has suffered a major blow after headlining a raft of shocks at the Aegon Championships with defeat to world No90 Jordan Thompson.
On a day when second and third seeds Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic also crashed out, world No1 Murray succumbed 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to Australian Thompson, who had replaced the injured Aljaz Bedene.
Five-time winner Murray was bidding for his third successive Queen’s Club crown, but will now look to evoke the spirit of 2012 when he fell at the first hurdle but proceeded to reach the Wimbledon final.
“If I play like that, I certainly won’t win Wimbledon,” said Murray.
“It’s a big blow, for sure. It has happened in the past where guys haven’t done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon. There is no guarantee that I won’t do well at Wimbledon, but it certainly would have helped to have had more matches.”
After Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the competition, Raonic lost 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8) to Australian wild card Thanasi Kokkinakis and French Open finalist Wawrinka was beaten 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 by Feliciano Lopez.
There was better news for British No1 Johanna Konta who reached the second round of the Aegon Classic after defeating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).