Murray stunned by Thompson defeat

By for MurraysWorld.com on
Five-time Queen’s champion Andy Murray was today sensationally removed from the Aegon Championships in the first round by world number 90 Jordan Thompson. The struggling world number one went down 7-6 (4) 6-2 on the grass in London.



The result is all the more shocking because Murray seemed to have found some semblance of form in Paris, where he came within a set of the French Open final.

The Scot might take some comfort, though, from the demise of second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic.

The Australian was a lucky loser who only made the draw when Murray’s scheduled opponent, Brit Aljaz Bedene, pulled out with a wrist injury. On a slick court, Thompson played as solid a match as the Scot’s was ragged and unpredictable.

Murray failed to find any rhythm throughout, failing to convert on his three break points and dropping serve twice in the second set. His forehand was a particular liability, misfiring horribly at key points in the match.

The top seed has made this tournament his own in recent years and this defeat was his first here since 2014. It ends a 14-match winning streak on grass.

Although Thompson had failed to win an ATP main-draw match throughout last year, he did reach the final of the Surbiton Challenger last week, and looked sharp as a result.

He denied the Scot a single break point in the first set and recovered from 1-3 down in the tiebreak. At the start of the second set, a comeback looked possible when Murray moved to 0-40 on the Australian’s serve, but Thompson snuffed out the threat with some composed tennis.

The Brit’s forehand was at fault for the first break of serve at 4-2 and Thompson gained a second break before serving out the match.

Murray’s sad stats of 26 errors and nine winners tell their own story. Optimists might suggest that a calamitous defeat here is preferable to one on Centre Court at Wimbledon in two weeks' time, but clearly the Scot has a lot of work to do to avert that possibility.
Thanks Nigel.  Nothing more to be said about that match really, although it is just possible I suppose that Andy might have beaten Aljaz, but he too already had matches on grass under his belt, and would it have made a difference to Andy's poor form anyway?  Andy got to the Wimbledon final in 2012 after going out to Mahut in his first match here, but at least from what I can remember it was a decent three set contest, not an outright capitulation.
June 20, 2017, 08:53 PM
By Aileen

A strange day at Queens with lots of disappointment. How Andy will do at Wimbledon now I have no idea and I suppose I haven't too much hope for a turn-around of form but you never know, he did seem to be recovering at the FO and his talent is obvious so anything could happen really.
June 20, 2017, 09:27 PM
By janscribe

A strange day at Queens with lots of disappointment. How Andy will do at Wimbledon now I have no idea and I suppose I haven't too much hope for a turn-around of form but you never know, he did seem to be recovering at the FO and his talent is obvious so anything could happen really.
Well he has said his focus is on winning Wimbledon, so maybe too much focus?  Only time will tell though.
June 20, 2017, 09:41 PM
By Aileen

doh And colour on grass just doesn't look right! nah
June 20, 2017, 09:47 PM
By Bevc

Well just when you think he has turned the corner he throws in another shocker. I can't recall Andy ever having such a poor 6 months as this. Even when he returned from his back operation a few years ago he was better than this. I'm guessing he was a teenager the last time he had accumulated so few points in the first 6 months of the year.

Andy is however a different player at Slams. Still he is now so short of match time on grass if he gets a big hitter in the 1st round at Wimbledon who knows what could happen. He  will  very low on confidence. As at the French he will have to play himself into the tournament.
June 20, 2017, 10:13 PM
By BigNose

Thank you , for report. I'm not panicking yet , time will tell how the rest of the year will go , might take till next year to get back to his very best , but if Andy never wins another match , I'm very proud of everything he has achieved in his career.
June 20, 2017, 10:39 PM
By deb

doh And colour on grass just doesn't look right! nah
I agree Bev, particularly as I'm sure Andy has worn all-white at Queens in the past even if other players haven't.  Maybe because Queens has a 30% extra seating capacity, he doesn't feel it's like a club any more?
June 20, 2017, 10:47 PM
By Aileen

http://m.bbc.com/sport/tennis/40347469 .

This is  a worrying defeat. For lots of reasons.
June 20, 2017, 11:27 PM
By flowerpower

http://m.bbc.com/sport/tennis/40347469 .

This is  a worrying defeat. For lots of reasons.
What I find worrying is that these days when Andy plays a poor match and loses, it's the same old "I'll have to talk to my team to find out what went wrong".  He's a top pro tennis player with years of experience, so if he can't figure this out for himself by now then something definitely isn't right.  I never got beyond minor club level but still knew the reasons why I lost matches!

 
June 21, 2017, 12:09 AM
By Aileen

I wish I knew what was going on in Andy's head. We all know he is a great player. His serve has gotten better and he has variety on the court. Yet his confidence level has dropped considerably. He has reached goals that so many other players have not.   I am sad for what he's going through and I pray he finds his way and gets back on top of his game again. Like Deb and Aileen said, I will always be proud of Andy even if he never wins another match.
June 21, 2017, 03:31 AM
By Apollo

Thank you , for report. I'm not panicking yet , time will tell how the rest of the year will go , might take till next year to get back to his very best , but if Andy never wins another match , I'm very proud of everything he has achieved in his career.

I agree Deb.  Yesterday was another flat lemonade day for Andy.  Let's hope he gets the fizz back soon, but anything he achieves from now on will be a bonus.   For me, nothing will top his Olympic success and his first Wimbledon win.
June 21, 2017, 06:51 AM
By waverlybear

What I find worrying is that these days when Andy plays a poor match and loses, it's the same old "I'll have to talk to my team to find out what went wrong".  He's a top pro tennis player with years of experience, so if he can't figure this out for himself by now then something definitely isn't right.  I never got beyond minor club level but still knew the reasons why I lost matches!

  
Don't you think that might simply be a way of deflecting such questions in the immediate aftermath of a defeat Aileen - and a sensible one in my view.  I wasn't able to watch the match but the word that has jumped out at me from a number of accounts is 'listless'.  It makes me wonder whether he still has lingering traces of the aftermath of shingles in his system.  I had hoped he was now well and truly over it in the light of his performance at RG but this was a real setback, which will do nothing for his shaky confidence.   So sad not to see him at Queens.  
I have to admit I was a bit worried when I saw he was playing a lucky loser because they have a habit of turning into lucky winners.  By all accounts his game showed the time he'd spent on the grass already.  Had Andy played someone who hadn't already played a grass tournament + qualies,  it's just possible he could have played his way in to a semblance of form perhaps - even taking account of any possible physical problems.  
a shame too from the perspective of his offer to donate his earnings to the Grenfell Tower fund though I suspect he may do something more behind the scenes to make that good.
And deb - I agree we may just have to accept this isn't Andy's year but I have faith in him that he will re-find his form sooner or later and at least we saw some signs of that at RG
June 21, 2017, 11:04 AM
By Ruthie

Don't you think that might simply be a way of deflecting such questions in the immediate aftermath of a defeat Aileen - and a sensible one in my view.  I wasn't able to watch the match but the word that has jumped out at me from a number of accounts is 'listless'.  It makes me wonder whether he still has lingering traces of the aftermath of shingles in his system.  I had hoped he was now well and truly over it in the light of his performance at RG but this was a real setback, which will do nothing for his shaky confidence.   So sad not to see him at Queens. 
I have to admit I was a bit worried when I saw he was playing a lucky loser because they have a habit of turning into lucky winners.  By all accounts his game showed the time he'd spent on the grass already.  Had Andy played someone who hadn't already played a grass tournament + qualies,  it's just possible he could have played his way in to a semblance of form perhaps - even taking account of any possible physical problems. 
a shame too from the perspective of his offer to donate his earnings to the Grenfell Tower fund though I suspect he may do something more behind the scenes to make that good.
And deb - I agree we may just have to accept this isn't Andy's year but I have faith in him that he will re-find his form sooner or later and at least we saw some signs of that at RG
Totally agree Ruthie, I think there are many factors that are coming together to hinder Andy shingles confidence etc....I will be sad not to see him tomorrow at Queens ...I have know doubt at all that Andy will be back to winning ways just might take more time .
June 21, 2017, 11:10 AM
By deb

@Ruthie - I had a bad feeling about this match when I saw that news.  Unfortunately I think Andy might have stood a better chance against Aljaz even if he wasn't playing all that well.  At least he knew him and his game.  He said he watched some video clips of Thompson but that still made him a bit of an unknown quantity.  Maybe if Andy had been 100% he might have figured him out, something he just wasn't able to do, which is not like him.
June 21, 2017, 08:11 PM
By Aileen

Never thought in a million years Andy would lose to this guy.  Not after such a good RG showing.  Perplexing...
June 21, 2017, 08:12 PM
By Elly

add comment | 15 comments