Milos Raonic's Wimbledon preparations suffered a major setback yesterday as the world number six crashed to a shock Queen's Club first-round defeat against Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Raonic came agonisingly close to a golden summer on grass last year when he reached the Queen's and Wimbledon finals, only to lose to Andy Murray on both occasions.
Swiss Stan Wawrinka
But the Canadian's hopes of warming up for Wimbledon with another strong showing at Queen's were wrecked by Kokkinakis's stunning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (10/8) triumph.
Raonic wasn't the only leading seed embarrassed as world number three Stan Wawrinka was beaten 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 by Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the Swiss star's first match since being thrashed by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final. Kokkinakis needed a wild card from the organiser to make the Queen's main draw.
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