Andy Murray insists he’ll nonetheless be capable to compete in opposition to the perfect at Wimbledon regardless of his gruelling early summer time profitable streak coming to an finish at Queen’s.
The Scot was comfortably crushed 6-3 6-1 by Australian world No.18 Alex De Minaur on the LTA’s cinch Championships, halting his 10-match unbeaten run that noticed him win each the LTA’s Lexus Surbiton Trophy and Rothesay Open Nottingham over the previous fortnight.
The defeat additionally doubtless spells an finish to any hope of Murray receiving a seeding for Wimbledon, that means a tricky draw doubtless awaits the two-time champion at SW19, however the 36-year-old is assured he will probably be prepared for no matter comes his means.
“Right now the priority is to take a few days rest, physically and mentally recharge a little bit and then go to work on my game,” stated Murray.
“The last few weeks there have been lots of positives, I served very well across the two weeks, that wasn’t so much the case today but it is something I will definitely work on.
“I don’t want to overanalyse today. There are definitely some things I can do better but at the same time I have done lots of good things over the last couple of weeks and I want to keep going in that direction.
“I felt okay going into the match, I just didn’t play very well.
“I did pretty much everything that I could do give myself the best chance of playing well. You have to find a bit of balance, I probably would have liked to practice for a bit longer yesterday but you do that and you probably take a bit of energy out of the next day.
“I won the tournament last week without dropping a set, only lost one set in Surbiton, was holding serve comfortably, was moving well so there are a lot of positive signs there.
“I know my level is there to compete with the top players, I just need to take a few days and get a good week or 10 days work in and I am sure I will be playing well on the first Monday of Wimbledon.”
Murray arrived at Queen’s understanding a run to the quarter-finals would doubtless increase his rating sufficient to safe a Wimbledon seeding, however De Minaur was finally too sturdy, breaking halfway by way of the primary set earlier than working away with the second regardless of Murray saving three match factors.
It means solely accidents and withdrawals may also help Murray, who’s ranked No.38 on the earth, safe a seeding however the three-time Grand Slam champion revealed he’s not overly involved a few doubtlessly troublesome draw within the data that few gamers get pleasure from taking part in on grass as a lot as him.
“I knew what the situation was going into the grass season in terms of which tournaments I was going to play and pretty much what I was going to have to do,” he added.
“That didn’t really change, I knew I was pretty much going to either make a final here if I didn’t do well in Surbiton or Nottingham or if I won those events, it was looking like at least a quarter final to do it.
“I was aware of that before all of the matches I have played these last few weeks. I dealt with it fine the last two weeks so I don’t think it had any bearing on how I played today.
“There are less players that are comfortable on the surface than clay or hard courts. Some of the seeded players are maybe not that comfortable on the grass so there are some draws that are better than others.
“But there are also some guys like Jordan Thomas who are not seeded who love the grass courts and it’s their favourite surface so we will see what happens when the draw is done.”
Murray’s defeat means simply two British gamers stay within the males’s singles draw, with wildcard Liam Broady additionally struggling defeat on Tuesday.
Broady discovered himself a arrange and a break to the great in opposition to Adrian Mannarino was slowly reeled in by the skilled Frenchman, who broke decisively on the finish of the second set earlier than ultimately profitable 1-6 6-4 6-3.
Elsewhere, there was no plain crusing for world No.2 Carlos Alcaraz, because the Spaniard fought again from a set all the way down to ultimately edge previous fortunate loser Arthur Rinderknech 4-6 7-5 7-6(3).
And the 20-year-old admits his expectations are low this grass court docket season as he seems to be to realize extra expertise on the floor. He stated:
“Honestly my expectations for this tournament are not too high. I have played two tournaments on grass in my [senior] career. It was two Wimbledons,
“I have played just five or six matches [on grass] in my career. I have to put in the hours on grass and have more experience.”
But whereas Alcaraz was run shut, there have been no upsets on the second day in West London with second seed Holger Rune organising a second-round tie in opposition to British wildcard Ryan Peniston with a 7-6(4) 7-6(3) win over Maxime Cressy.
There was additionally a straight units victory for third seed Taylor Fritz who beat Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-4 7-5, whereas compatriot and fourth seed Frances Tiafoe joined him with a 6-2 6-4 win over Botic van de Zandschlup. Fifth seed and British No.1 Cameron Norrie faces Australian Jordan Thompson within the second spherical on Wednesday.
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