World number one Andy Murray has vowed to turn his shock exit from the Aegon Championships at Queen’s to his advantage with Wimbledon just around the corner.
The defending champion was sent packing in the first round by world number 90 Jordan Thompson, losing 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to a player who only got into the field as a late injury replacement.
It is the first time since 2012 that Britain’s Murray has lost his opening match at Queen’s Club.
His exit came on a day of shocks, as second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic also lost their first-round matches.
Reflecting on the loss, Murray conceded it was a “big blow” to his preparation for defending his title at the All-England Club but insists it will not derail him, while he admitted there were no excuses for the loss.
“It’s a big blow, for sure,” said Murray. “It has happened in the past where guys haven’t done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon.
“There is no guarantee that I won’t do well at Wimbledon, but it certainly would have helped to have had more matches. “He played better than me.
I didn’t create loads of chances. I didn’t return particularly well. He served big. He served well.”
Murray is 3.80 to defend his crown at Wimbledon, with Roger Federer 3.50 and Novak Djokovic 6.50. The world’s top-ranked player will draw on previous experience to ensure he is ready to go at SW19.