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Murray to face Thompson at Queen’s after Bedene withdrawal

Andy Murray of Britain plays a return to Jordan Thompson of Australia during day two of the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.”Practice sucks. Winning a match, that actually means something”.Kokkinakis needed a wild card from the tournament organisers to make the Queen’s main draw after his ranking plunged to 698 following a variety of ailments that sidelined him for 18 weeks.Finally fit again, the 21-year-old secured his first Tour level match win for 21 months at ‘s-Hertogenbosch last week, but even so he surely wouldn’t have expected to clinch the best win of his promising career just days later. I don’t know how I’m going to feel when I’m over 30, but this is interesting.”Andy is the world No.1 and I have looked up to him so to be playing him at Queen’s is huge and it is definitely the biggest win of my career”, Thompson told the BBC.”I played really well”.Kokkinakis faces Nicolas Mahut or Daniil Medvedev in the last 16.”I was just hating it. I was letting him dictate too much”, Raonic said.”I think I did that pretty well”. Lopez is only ranked 32nd but the canny left-hander reached the Queen’s final three years ago and he out-smarted Wawrinka with a grass-court masterclass that left the three-time Grand Slam champion unable to respond.Murray put in a sloppy and error-prone display in losing to 90th-ranked Jordan Thompson 7-6 (4), 6-2, joining Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic in getting eliminated on a day of shocks at the Wimbledon warmup event. 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. “It has happened in the past where guys haven’t done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon. Luckily my serve helped me, and then I won the big points when it mattered, so it’s huge”.While Murray was not at his best, the Scot praised Thompson and said he was fully deserving of his victory. There weren’t too many matches yesterday, but I hung around.”I’m trying to look forward, it has been brutal I am trying to get myself going week by week… it was nearly 22 months out of the game or something insane like that”. Served great. Got a lot of free points. Practice courts are so different to playing matches.”I just took each point at a time and I didn’t expect to win here in straight sets and I just wanted to enjoy myself and stay calm”. I just did everything as usual.”I warmed up, had some food, and got ready to go out there”. It’s a grass court so it’s quick. My first few forehands hit the back fence.”It was a good day at the office”.”He made a couple of loose errors he usually wouldn’t make”.