The premature goodbye of the Spanish Rafael Nadal, surpassed by the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, startled this Tuesday’s day of the Queen’s tournament, encouraged by the triumphs of the British Andy Murray, first favorite, and the brand new Roland Garros champion, the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka .
The Spaniard, brand new winner in Stuttgart, also on grass, could not counteract the momentum of his rival in a usually adverse venue for the now tenth player in the world.
Nadal, who won Queen’s in 2008, but who usually stalls before the quarterfinals, had not attended the London competition since 2011. His return was not fortunate. He fell in three sets (6-3, 6-7(6) and 6-4) in a match in which he was supported from the stands by King Juan Carlos and by the Portuguese coach of English Chelsea Jose Mourinho.
Dolgopolov, who brought out his entire repertoire, will face another Spaniard in the second round, Guillermo García López, who on Monday beat his countryman Pablo Andújar.
Andy Murray fulfilled his condition as the first favorite. The three-time champion in Queens (2009, 2001 and 2013) and in 2013 at Wimbledon, aired in two sets the clash with the Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu, whom he beat 6-4 and 7-5.
Murray will meet Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the second round.
Stanislas Wawrinka, meanwhile, beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-3 and will play South African Kevin Anderson, who eliminated Australian Lleyton Hewitt on Monday.
The current champion, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (BUL, 6) needed to overcome the American Sam Querrey (4-6, 6-3 and 6-4) and will face the Luxembourger Gilles Muller who emerged victorious from a bitter confrontation against the Russian Mikhail Youzhny (6-7(5), 6-4 and 7-6(5)).
Croatian Marin Cilic, fourth favorite, closed Tuesday’s session with a laborious victory against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2). The Balkan will face Serbian Viktor Troicki, finalist in Stuttgart last Sunday, who beat Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu (7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4).
The Spaniard Feliciano López got through the first round by beating the Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, in an hour of play.
Feliciano, fourteenth player in the world, never gave up his serve and finished the match with 17 aces, which made it easier to achieve his victory.
The American John Isner, who beat his compatriot Jared Donaldson 7-6(11) and 6-4, will be Feliciano López’s next rival.
In addition, Frenchman Gilles Simon, seventh seed, beat Belgian David Goffin (6-7(6), 7-5, 6-2) and will seek the third round against Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who knocked out Frenchman Jeremy Chardy by 6-7(3), 6-2 and 6-4. EFE