When you thought that things could only move upwards for Andy Murray, he has gone ahead and taken another step south. Queen’s has always been Murray’s happy hunting ground, but when he needed it most, Queen’s refused to dish out a tasty dessert for him, instead it chose to provide him with a bitter, bitter main course.
On a day when Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic exited the tournament, you felt like Murray would bring in some normalcy, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
World number 90, Jordan Thompson knocked out the defending champion, Andy Murray in straight sets(7-6 (7-4) 6-2). Thompson was a late replacement for the injured Aljaz Bedene.
Murray looked very rusty, and while the windy conditions were not really ideal, you would have expected Murray to adjust better, at least better than the 90th ranked Thompson.
It isn’t the ideal preparation for Wimbledon for Murray, as both his Wimbledon titles have come after wins in Queen’s. Murray would have to do a lot of soul searching to even be competitive at Wimbledon(with this form especially). But great players rise to great occasions and Murray fans would be expecting him to rise up to the task at Wimbledon next week.
This is how Twitter reacted:
Andy Murray ❌
Stan Wawrinka ❌
Milos Raonic ❌
— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) June 20, 2017
Murray's run of breaking serve in 136 consecutive matches (stretching back to 2015 US Open) comes to an end as he fails to break today.
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) June 20, 2017
The trolling of Andy Murray because he lost at Queens is appalling. It's says a lot more about the trolls than it does about Andy Murray.
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) June 20, 2017
Queen's Club today, as Murray, Wawrinka and Raonic all go down. pic.twitter.com/7U3eaasJJo
— Andrew Eichenholz (@andrewikesports) June 20, 2017
Wow, Rafa is getting really close to Murray. pic.twitter.com/L58U7QShtB
— Del (@Stroppa_Del) June 20, 2017
Andy Murray is out of Queen’s pic.twitter.com/oa54mMRAF6
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) June 20, 2017
Race for number 1 is completely on for Wimbledon between Nadal and Murray. Gonna be fun.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 20, 2017
Andy Murray loses in straight sets in his 1st round match at Queen's to a 90 seed. Do you think probably just turned up for a quick workout?
— Friends Call me Dom (@Duke_Silverback) June 20, 2017
Andy Murray Bellend ego "I'm going to donate my winnings" loses in 1st round. They say Scots are tight but that's a bit much. Dig deep lad.
— Wayne Clark (@allrefsarebent) June 20, 2017
It was always going to happen!! Andy Murray said he would give all his winnings to #GreenfellTower victims so he loses in the 1st round.
— Pringo (@pringo69) June 20, 2017
Andy Murray OUT of Queen's loses 7-6 6-2 to world number 90 Jordan Thompson. A curiously flat performance against albeit inspired Aussie.
— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) June 20, 2017