London - Australia's Marinko Matosevic has ended Marin Cilic's attempt to reach a third consecutive Queen's Club final at the first hurdle with a surprise 6-4, 6-4 victory on Tuesday.
Cilic won the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in 2012 when his opponent
David Nalbandian was disqualified and the 25-year-old Croatian made it
back to the final last year before losing to Murray.
But the ninth
seed's hopes of becoming the first player to reach three successive
Queen's finals since Andy Roddick from 2003 to 2005 were shattered by
Bosnia-born Matosevic in a 6-4, 6-4 first round defeat in west London.
28, was still in combative mood during his post-match press conference
as he became the first male player to disagree with Murray's shock
"For me, I couldn't do it since I don't
think that highly of the women's game," said Matosevic, who is coached
by compatriot Mark Woodforde.
"His mum coached him and she did a great job with him, so we'll see what happens.
"It's all equal rights these days. Got to be politically correct. So, yeah, someone's got to give it a go. Won't be me."
he wasn't in action on Tuesday, there was still plenty of attention on
reigning Queen's and Wimbledon champion Murray, who starts his spell
working with Mauresmo in Wednesday's second round match against France's
Murray rocked the tennis world when he
announced on Sunday that Mauresmo was his choice to replace Ivan Lendl,
who quit in March, as his coach for at least the grass-court season.
a former world number one and Wimbledon champion, arrived at Queen's to
link up with Murray on Tuesday, but kept a low profile, telling
reporters "I'll see you tomorrow" when approached after watching
compatriot Julien Benneteau lose to Victor Estrella Burgos.
Murray may have noted that the first round provided mixed results for the two other leading male players coached by women.
Mikhail Kukushkin, coached by his wife Anastasia, was beaten 6-4, 6-1
by Czech 15th seed Radek Stepanek, while Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin,
coached by his mother Klaudiya, defeated compatriot Farrukh Dustov 7-6
The out-spoken Matosevic has been in good form of
late, reaching the final of the grass-court Challenger event in
Nottingham last week following his first ever match win at a Grand Slam
when the world number 60 defeated Dustin Brown in the French Open first
And he finished off world number 26 Cilic in impressive
fashion to clinch a second round match against Matthew Ebden or Lukas
Matosevic admitted he has playing with much more freedom since his victory in Paris.
when someone would mention something to do with a Grand Slam, it would
make me feel uncomfortable. Now I just feel free to play tennis," he
"Like I said in Paris, it's a huge gorilla lifted off my shoulders now. I have no more worries."
fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov was watched by girlfriend and newly crowned
French Open champion Maria Sharapova, as he advanced to the third round
with a 7-5, 6-3 win over British wild card James Ward.
Africa's Kevin Anderson, the seventh seeded world number 18, also moved
into the last 16 with a 6-2, 6-3 win against another British wild card
As a former Wimbledon semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis
knows his way around a grass-court and the Cypriot wild card, a 6-7
(6/8), 6-2, 6-1 winner over American Bradley Klahn, could present a
tricky second round test for top seed Stan Wawrinka, the world number
three who won the Australian Open earlier this year.
Results from second day of the ATP Queens tournament on Tuesday:
David Goffin (BEL) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-4, 6-2
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x12) bt Igor Sijsling (NED) 6-3, 6-4
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Benot Paire (FRA) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/1)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x10) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-1
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x9) 6-4, 6-4
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-3, 6-7 (9/11), 6-1
Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 7-6 (11/9), 6-3
Vasek Pospisil (CAN x11) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Kevin Anderson (RSA x7) bt Daniel Evans (GBR) 6-2, 6-3