Queen's Club 2018: Kyle Edmund beats Ryan Harrison at Queen's

  • Posted: Jun 19, 2018
2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBC
Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 18-24 June
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Britain’s number one Kyle Edmund beat American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.

Edmund is the only Briton to reach the second round following defeats for Andy Murray and Dan Evans on Tuesday.

Edmund will face Nick Kyrgios next after the Australian beat Murray.

France’s Adrian Mannarino won 6-4 0-6 7-5 in Evans’ first ATP Tour level match since he served a 12-month ban for taking cocaine.

“I didn’t get off to the best of starts,” said Edmund.

“There was probably a bit of nerves playing my first match on grass this year and in front of my home fans.”

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Djokovic starts impressively on grass

Novak Djokovic marked his first appearance at Queen’s since 2010 with a comfortable opening win over Australian qualifier John Millman.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion, 31, eased to a 6-2 6-1 victory.

Immediately after his shock French Open quarter-final exit against Italian Marco Cecchinato this month, Djokovic claimed he might sit out the grass-court season.

Over the past year he has dropped outside of the world’s top 20 after struggling with an elbow injury which needed a minor operation in January.

But the three-time Wimbledon champion accepted a wildcard at Queen’s as part of his preparations for Wimbledon and looked in good form against world number 63 Millman.

“It’s not the first nor the last match that I lost in my life. I know how to deal with these particular situations,” Djokovic said when asked how he handled the French Open setback.

“I had to take some time off the court – recharge the batteries physically and mentally.”

The Serb will face second seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16 after the Bulgarian won 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

Anderson & Goffin out, Raonic injured

South African third seed Kevin Anderson lost in three sets to unseeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer, while former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic led 6-1 3-1 when opponent Yuki Bhambri retired.

Raonic, however, was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a shoulder injury.

French qualifier Julien Benneteau claimed a surprise 7-5 3-6 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, although Berdych was later forced to pull out of the doubles with a back injury.

Defending champion Feliciano Lopez beat fourth seed David Goffin 6-3 6-7 6-3.

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