ATP Queen’s 2015: Rafael Nadal falls eliminated, earning Lopez, and Murray Wawrinka
The Spaniard Rafael Nadal (5) lost unexpectedly in his presentation at the London AEGON Championships at the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets and was left out. The Navy however placed Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second stage.
Andy Murray – top seed – and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in addition to the French Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet , Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the American John Isner, Canadian Milos Raonic and Croatian Marin Cilic are among the winners Tuesday in London.
Rafael Nadal came right from Stuttgart last week where he won the tournament. Also he had a 5-1 record over his rival but the last game was won by the Ukrainian in Indian Wells. Dolgopolov without first services he contrived to sustain their initial service games in the second and hit ‘game’ when Rafa won comfortable 40 -15 taking four points in a row.
3-0 and alarms fire to the Spaniard. The Ukrainian was on at the time of return and had two breakpoints in the fourth. Rafa saved both and even a third to finally get his first game in the set. Dolgopolov not failed and closed the set 6-3.
Rafa improved markedly in the second set to win the six service games and losing only three points was also being planted gradually better with the return taking Dolgopolov major problems to sustain themselves while not faced breakpoints from the start of the match.
Rafa reach the tiebreaker which wasted a 3-5 3-1 to become dangerously but his claw he would trace and 7-6 (8-6) but not before saving a ‘Matchpoint’. The Spaniard continued momentum to break first once a Dolgopolov in the third game of the deciding. It looked like the beginning of the end for the Ukrainian but did not give up and with big point’s right above recovered positions going to match 4-4.
Rafael Nadal would have one more chance to tip the score in their favor but escaped 15-40 Dolgopolov on the service in the ninth, which would have served to match, materialized. The opposite would happen and Ukrainian who with his second ‘Matchpoint’ breaks in the tenth and classifies the next stage 6-4 in two hours 13 minutes.
The other favorites did not fail, as Wawrinka reappeared with all the lights brilliantly after winning at Roland Garros. The Swiss finished off a dangerous opponent on grass, the Australian Kyrgios in just 49 minutes. A ‘break’ for manga, winning 93% of points on first serve and saving three break balls decided the match 6-3 6-4. Similarly Murray overcame Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 7-5 the Toledo Feliciano Lopez (8) beat the Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-3 6-4.
Meanwhile grieving American John Isner beat Jared Donaldson in two sets, the first after a lengthy ‘tiebreak 7-6 (13-11). There were no breaks until the ninth game of the second set and Isner did to close the next 6-4. Another American, Sam Querrey lost to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (6) 4-6 6-3 6-4.
In other matches, Frenchman Gilles Simon (7) got off the Belgian David Goffin coming from set down and ‘break’ against 6-7 (6) 7-5 6-2 but his compatriots Paul-Henri Mathieu and Jeremy Chardy were defeated by the Serbian Viktor Troicki 7-6 (4) 6-1 6-4 Australian Thanassi Kokkinakis 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-4 respectively. Also in three sets won the Luxembourg Gilles Muller 6-7 (5) 6-4 7-6 (5) to Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
In the opening tournament played on Monday, they won two Spanish. Rodens Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Madrid’s Fernando Verdasco . Both in fratricidal struggle over Cuenca Pablo Andujar 7-6 (3) 6-2 Castellon Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 7-5 7-6 (4). Also the Canadian Milos Raonic (3) reappeared beating British James Ward 5-7 6-3 6-2, the French Richard Gasquet Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-1 South African Kevin Anderson former world number one Lleyton Hewitt 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-2.