AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
Matosevic Upsets Cilic; Berdych, Dimitrov Win Openers
The Queen's Club, London, England
by ATP Staff|
Former champion Marin Cilic made his earliest exit in eight visits to The Queen's Club, upset by Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-4 in first-round action Tuesday at the Aegon Championships. The Croatian had won the title in 2012 and finished runner-up to Andy Murray last year.
Matosevic, who last week reached the grass-court final at the Nottingham Challenger (l. to Baghdatis), broke the ninth-seeded Cilic twice and saved the two break points he faced for the one hour, 17-minute victory. The Australian reached the third round last year on his Queen's Club debut (l. to Murray).
Tomas Berdych, the No. 2 seed, needed more than two hours to get past another another Australian, qualifier James Duckworth, in his second-round opening match. Berdych lost serve twice and fired 19 aces en route to a 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 victory.
Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov, watched by Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova and Pippa Middleton, enjoyed a more straightforward opener against British wild card James Ward. In his first match since his first-round exit in Paris, the 23-year-old Bulgarian won 7-5, 6-3 in 68 minutes.
Seventh seed Kevin Anderson disappointed British hope Daniel Evans as he opened his campaign with a 6-2, 6-3 second-round victory. The South African fired 10 aces and broke serve three times as he prevailed in 65 minutes.
Back to his career-high position of No. 18 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, the 28-year-old Anderson is coming off a run to the fourth round at Roland Garros (l. to Ferrer). The right-hander has a 21-11 match record on the season, highlighted by runner-up showings in Delray Beach (l. to Cilic) and Acapulco (l. to Dimitrov).
Sam Querrey, the 2010 champion, also advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow American Denis Kudla. He will play the winner between World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and a resurgent Marcos Baghdatis.
The Cypriot finished strongly to defeat Bradley Klahn 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 42 minutes. After an eight-week absence from action, the 28-year-old Baghdatis returned last week with victory at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Nottingham. He will hope to overturn a 0-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Wawrinka in their first grass-court meeting.
Vasek Pospisil returned to winning ways as he claimed his first tour-level victory since the Australian Open, rallying from a break down in the third set to beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Having recovered from a back injury, Pospisil snapped an eight-match losing streak and goes on to face Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Two more seeds notched first-round wins as No. 10 Feliciano Lopez closed out a rain-interrupted 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1 win over Dusan Lajovic and No. 12 Dmitry Tursunov dismissed Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4. Lopez goes on to face four-time former champion Lleyton Hewitt, while Tursunov will challenge Jarkko Nieminen, a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) winner over Benoit Paire.
Dimitrov/Wawrinka Team Up
Dimitrov and Wawrinka made their partnership debut on Tuesday and defeated British wild cards Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski 6-4, 6-4. They will next face No. 3 seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.
Alexandr Dolgopolov and Ernests Gulbis defeated Jarkko Nieminen and Gilles Simon by the same scoreline, as they also joined forces for the first time. They go on to play Roland Garros champions and No. 7 seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.