- Andy Murray came into the match as huge favourite to beat Jordan Thompson
- Australian world No 90 Thompson only entered draw on Tuesday as a lucky loser
- No 1 seed Murray toiled in the heat in London and lost first set 7-6 in a tie-break
- Thompson broke early in second to eventually secure a 7-6, 6-2 straight-sets win
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon plans were left in disarray as he suffered a shock loss at the Aegon Championships to world No 90 and late replacement Jordan Thompson.
The Queen’s Club crowd were left stunned as a lacklustre Murray undid the good work of his French Open semi-final appearance by losing 7-6 6-2 to the little-known Australian.
There will be no adding to his tally of five titles at an event he has so dominated in recent years and it was only his second grass court loss in 24 matches.
Andy Murray is out of Queen’s in the first round after losing against Jordan Thompson
Thompson only entered the tournament as a lucky loser on Tuesday but beat the world No 1
Murray now has to decide whether to add some extra matches to his schedule or go into SW19 decidedly undercooked.
It was a disastrous result for an event which earlier lost Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka, and which was already without Rafael Nadal.
Thompson only knew he was playing earlier in the day when British No 4 Aljaz Bedene pulled out with a wrist injury, gaining entry as a ‘lucky loser’ from the qualifying event.
But you could tell that he had more grass court matches under his belt, having reached the final of the Surbiton Challenger two weekends ago.
It was surprising just how consistent the unheralded Australian was, although Murray looked flat and his forehand was especially poor.
Murray led 3-1 in the tiebreak but then double faulted and miscued as drop shot to allow his opponent back in. He missed three break points in the second game of the second set and unravelled from there, broken twice.
He could not hurt his opponent, and the decisive break came at 2-2 when his normally reliable backhand lob was sent long.
Murray has time to repair the damage, but will now be looking for a sympathetic draw at Wimbledon to allow time to play himself back in.