London, Great Britain, 20 June 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Queen’s Club, Great Britain

Alex de Minaur has made a sensational start to his campaign at an ATP 500 tournament at Queen’s Club by eliminating five-time champion Andy Murray in the opening round.

The seventh-seeded Australian recorded a 6-3 6-1 victory against the former world No.1 and did not drop serve in their 85-minute encounter.

This snaps a 10-match winning streak for world No.38 Murray, who had won back-to-back ATP Challenger titles in the past fortnight.

It also marks a welcome return to form for world No.18 De Minaur, who had not scored a top-50 victory since his title-winning run at Acapulco in early March.

De Minaur has now won all four of his career meetings against the three-time Grand Slam champion.

Jordan Thompson also advanced after winning an all-Australian opening-round showdown.

Originally scheduled to play Canadian Milos Raonic, Thompson instead faced Alexei Popyrin.

Former world No.3 Raonic withdrew with a shoulder injury and was replaced by lucky loser Popyrin.

“It’s tough playing another Aussie and not knowing I was playing him at the start of the day, but I think I dealt with that pretty well,” Thompson said.

World No.76 Thompson continued his impressive grass-court form to score a 6-4 6-4 victory.

“The way (Popyrin) plays is not a huge adjustment to Raonic,” said the 29-year-old Australian.

“It can throw you off a little bit but thankfully didn’t today.”

Thompson, who last week advanced to his first ATP-level final in four years, has won eight of his 10 grass-court singles matches so far this season.

Aussies in action – Queen’s Club

Men’s singles, first round
[7] Alex de Minaur (AUS)
d Andy Murray (GBR) 6-3 6-1
Jordan Thompson (AUS)
d [LL] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-4 6-4

Men’s singles, second round
[7] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [5] Cameron Norrie (GBR)

Men’s doubles, first round
Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Jamie Murray (GBR)/Michael Venus (NZL)

Halle, Germany

John Peers and Brazilian partner Marcelo Melo have advanced to the doubles quarterfinals at an ATP 500 tournament in Halle.

Peers and Melo scored a hard-fought 6-7(3) 6-3 [10-6] victory against Belgian combination Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen in first-round action.

World No.23 Gille and world No.24 Vliegen were the third seeds and contesting their first tournament since recording a runner-up finish at Roland Garros.

Aussies in action – Halle

Men’s doubles, first round
John Peers (AUS)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) d [3] Sander Gille (BEL)/Joran Vliegen (BEL) 6-7(3) 6-3 [10-6]

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
John Peers (AUS)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) v Nicolas Jarry (CHI)/Rafael Matos (BRA)

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