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Murray, Tsonga, Wawrinka stunned

Defending champion Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat to World No. 90 Jordan Thompson in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club here.

The world number one lost 6-7, 2-6 to Australia's Thompson, who entered the draw as a late replacement for the injured Aljaz Bedene of Britain, reports Xinhua news service.

Second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic also lost their first-round matches on Wednesday.

Wawrinka, the beaten finalist at Roland Garros, Paris,lost to Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-7, 5-7, while Raonic was beaten by another Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7, 6-7.
The defeat was Murray's first at the tournament since 2014 and ended his 14-match winning streak on grass, stretching back to 2015.

"It's a big blow, for sure. It has happened in the past where guys haven't done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon," Murray said.

"There is no guarantee that I won't do well at Wimbledon, but it certainly would have helped to have had more matches," he added.

"He played better than me. I didn't create loads of chances. I didn't return particularly well. He served big. He served well."

Jordan Thompson savoured the best moment of his life as the Australian underdog handed the world number one a humiliating first round defeat at Queen's Club.

Thompson had never won a Tour-level grass-court match before and the world number 90 wasn't even in the tournament when he woke up on Tuesday morning.

But 24 hours later Thompson was the talk of the tennis world after an astonishing 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 victory over Wimbledon champion Murray.

The 23-year-old thought his chance of playing a first Tour-level tournament this year had gone when he was beaten by France's Jeremy Chardy in the second round of Queen's qualifying on Sunday.

But Thompson remained at the west London venue as an alternate in case any players pulled out and his patience was rewarded when Aljaz Bedene, Murray's scheduled opponent, withdrew with a wrist injury just hours before the match.

"I signed in for the 'Lucky Loser' spot. There weren't too many matches on Tuesday, but I hung around. If someone was going to pull out, I was always going to be there," he said.

However, Murray remains confident that he will be able to defend his Wimbledon title despite his first round loss in the ongoing Aegon Championships here.
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the latest seeded player to be knocked out of Queen's Club Championships, losing to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-4, 6-4.
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