No.1 seed Andy Murray won’t be able to repeat last year’s triumph at the AEGON Championships at the Queen’s Club as he went out in the second round today, losing to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
Mahut outpowered the Scot on his way to a three set victory, prevailing 6-3 6-7 (4) 7-6 (1) and setting up a last 16 encounter against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Murray was the first player to earn himself a couple of breapoints, but he couldn’t convert any of them in the opening game of the first set. The Frenchman was a lot more decisive on his chances and took Murray’s serve in the 6th game to go 4-2 up. With no more breaks of serve, Mahut wrapped up the set to move ahead.
The Scot got off to a 3-0 lead in set 2 just before the Frenchman found his way back, levelling the score at 3-3. Both players held their serves till the tiebreak, where the world no.4 got the upper hand, levelling the match at 1 set all.
It was Murray once again, striking at the beginning of the third set. But after managing to break Mahut in the opening game, he subsequently dropped his serve and showed his frustration by slamming the racket against the grass. The Scot had another break point opportunity in the fifth game, but threw it away and another tiebreak was going to decide the outcome of the match. Unfortunately for Murray, he seemed to have completely lost his rhythm and losing six straight points in the ‘breaker’, it was all over for him.
The Brit will now have a couple of weeks to prepare for Wimbledon, but he will need to top up his game if he wants to give himself a chance to repeat last year’s semifinal at the All England Club.
In the other matches, Czech Lukas Rosol surprisingly beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 4-6 6-4, 6th Croatian Marin Cilic cruised to victory against Australian Matthew Ebden, winning 6-2 6-1 and 5th seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez overcame Belgian Steve Darcis 6-3 3-6 7-5.