Kyle Edmund crashed out of the Aegon Championships at Queen's after losing 6-7, 6-4, 4-6 to Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov in the first round.
If Shapovalov was not already unpopular with British tennis fans following his disqualification from his Davis Cup match with Edmund back in February after he slammed a ball into the face of the umpire, he certainly will be now that he has dumped one of the local favourites out of Queens.
The Canadian was in control for most of the match and seemed extremely comfortable on grass – an encouraging sign for him ahead of Wimbledon in a few weeks.
Speaking afterwards, he praised Edmund and the British fans for making a great spectacle of what he thought was a very exciting match,
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“Kyle's an unbelievable player,” Shapovalov said.
“The whole match it was very close, very tight. It was very tough to be out there, but I was enjoying it.
“I was enjoying the fight. The crowd was unbelievable today. It was just fun to be out there.”
Ninth seed Nick Kyrgios retired against Donald Young because of a left hip injury after losing the first set 7-6(3). The Australian re-aggravated the injury when he fell on the grass at 4-4.
“I got the injections a couple weeks ago, and then I was in rehab for a couple of weeks and it settled down, and then on that fall I just felt sharp pain,” Kyrgios said.
“So I felt pretty much everything I was feeling a month ago. It's not great at the moment. But we'll see.”
All the other results from Monday at Queens can be seen below:
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Steve Darcis (Belgium) 7-5 6-3
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Ryan Harrison (U.S.) 6-3 6-1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 6-2 6-2