Raonic defeats Kyrgios at Queen’s
Originally published on 15/06/16 00:00
Watched by his coaching team, which now includes John McEnroe, No.3 seed Raonic takes his place in the second round, where he will meet Jiri Vesely.
Elsewhere on Wednesday there was a great win for Kyle Edmund, who defeated Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4 3-6 6-1. Edmund will play Paul Henri Mathieu, who beat Briton Dan Evans 7-6(8) 6-7(6) 6-3 in another match held over from Tuesday’s rain delay.
Evans may be out of the the Aegon Championships, but he is pleased to have earned his place at Wimbledon by virtue of his ranking.
“It’s a good achievement but still, you know, it’s pretty tough to feel confident when you’re not winning matches," he said.
Commenting on the fact his Wimbledon qualification meant a wildcard opened up for someone else, he said: ”It’s good for the other Brits I guess. I mean an extra wildcard opens up. I think everyone behind me is doing just as well.
“I think British tennis is on – everyone is doing well, winning matches in better tournaments than we are used to seeing. I think sooner or later we will have more players competing in these tournaments.”
The prize for the winner of the Mathieu and Edmund second round match will be to play the winner of Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene, so there could still be two Brits in the quarter-finals.