London, June 20 (IANS) Nick Kyrgios eliminated local favourite Andy Murray from the Queen’s Club Championships, a Wimbledon tune-up event, while Feliciano Lopez beat David Goffin to advance to the quarter-finals of the event after the withdrawal of Milos Raonic.
Kyrgios, ranked 21 in the world, improved during the game to beat Murray on Tuesday, who showed good mobility following hip surgery but lacked the pace demanded by the competition, reports Efe.
The Australian played erratically in the first set to lose it 2-6 but came back to win the next two sets 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to ensure the elimination of the local favourite, who returned to competitive tennis after almost a year out injured.
His comeback was highly anticipated as was evident by the crowd that turned up to watch the match on Centre Court.
The current Queen’s Club champion Feliciano Lopez notched up a 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3 win against Belgium’s David Goffin.
The Spaniard disarmed his 9th-ranked opponent, whose favourite surface is not grass, and began the defence of his title on a good note.
Lopez went directly through to the quarterfinals after the withdrawal of Canadian Milos Raonic. After winning his first round match, Raonic said he had problems with his right shoulder and pulled out of the tournament.