Milos Raonic’s first match alongside new coach John McEnroe proved to be a success, as he defeated dangerous opponent Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4 at the Aegon Championships on Wednesday.
The Canadian, seeded third this week, fired 20 aces and converted two of 11 break points to emerge victorious after two hours and five minutes.
The match resumed on Wednesday after being suspended due to bad light at the start of the third set on Monday night.
Raonic, who now has a four time Queen’s Club champion to call on for advice in new coach McEnroe, moves on to face Jiry Vesely in the second round.
There was an upset earlier in the day as Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund, a wild card entry this week, made the most of the home support to defeat eighth seed Gilles Simon 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in a rain-interrupted encounter.
It’s the biggest win of 21-year-old Edmund’s career to date.
Others to advance included American Steve Johnson, who beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Paul-Henri Mathieu, who defeated another local hope, Dan Evans, 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (6-8), 6-3.
Later in the day, John Isner joined his countryman Johnson in the next round with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro.