Goodbye! Andy Murray Knocked Out Of Queen's 2017

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Defending champion Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Aegon Championships in the first round by world number 90 Jordan Thompson on a day of shocks.

The world number one lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to Thompson, a late replacement for the injured Aljaz Bedene.

It is the first time since 2012 that Britain's Murray has lost his opening match at Queen's Club.

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

However, it was Murray's straight-set defeat that left the crowd packed into the new 10,000-capacity Centre Court stunned.

"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."

Australian Thompson, a lucky loser who lost in qualifying and only made the first round after Briton Bedene withdrew because of a wrist injury, played superbly.

The 23-year-old from Sydney sealed the most famous victory of his career with an ace after one hour and 43 minutes.

"Andy's the world number one. I've looked up to him and that's definitely the biggest win of my career," Thompson said.

"I took each point at a time. I didn't expect it to be winning in straight sets.

"I was sitting around yesterday hoping to get a match. Here I am, I got in the draw and I was so lucky to be here."

Murray, 30, could not find any rhythm, dropping serve twice in the second set and failing to convert the three break points which came his way as his forehand in particular let him down.

The defeat was the Scot's first at the tournament since 2014 and ended a 14-match winning streak on grass stretching back to 2015.

Both his Wimbledon titles, in 2013 and 2016, followed victories at Queen's Club.

Murray had to adjust his game plan after the late change in opponent, and hot, blustery conditions were not ideal, but the five-time champion was still surprisingly out of form.

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