Cameron Norrie beaten by Stan Wawrinka at Queen's Club
By Raz Mirza at Queen's Club
Last Updated: 19/06/18 12:33pm
Cameron Norrie suffered an early exit from the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club on Monday as Stan Wawrinka made light work of the British No 2.
Norrie, ranked 79 in the world, was beaten 6-2 6-3 by the three-time Grand Slam champion.
"I think he served really well today," Norrie admitted. "I donated him my serve in two, three games, and that was it basically. "But he managed his serve very well, and it was tough for me to get into the rallies against him.
"I didn't serve that great. I think I served like 40 per cent or something, so it was really low for me. It was pretty surprising. I have been serving so well in the days leading up.
"I wasn't quite hitting that wide spot on the ad. That's been my go-to serve. That was basically what let me down."
Wawrinka has struggled to return to peak form since suffering a left knee injury last year, but is on the comeback trail.
The 33-year-old arrived in west London having lost six of his last seven ATP Tour matches and, given grass has never been Wawrinka's favourite surface, he might have feared more misery at the pre-Wimbledon event.
But the Swiss looked comfortable against the wild card entry, hardly having to break sweat to see off Norrie, winning in only 56 minutes.
"In general [the knee] has been improving week after week," said Wawrinka, who faces former Queen's winner Sam Querrey after the American defeated Britain's Jay Clarke 6-3 6-3.
"Now I feel really good on court, strong physically. I will have ups and downs in the next months and need to be patient. You need to be ready to accept frustrating but today was a great day."
Clarke, a wildcard, was making his debut appearance at Queen's but the experience and strong serving by Querrey proved crucial as the Wimbledon semi-finalist secured victory on his third match point.
In other first-round action, Luxembourg's Gilles Muller beat rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (8-6).
Muller, ranked 32nd, will play top seed Croatian Marin Cilic, runner-up last year, in the second round after the Croatian broke once in each set on his way to a 6-3 6-4 victory in one hour and nine minutes.
In an all American encounter, Frances Tiafoe defeated Jared Donaldson 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to reach the second round and a meeting with either third seed Kevin Anderson or Leonardo Mayer from Argentina.
Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, and Novak Djokovic, are all due in first round action on Tuesday.
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