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Quick hits from Queen's 2014: Dimitrov flies but Cilic falls

Grigor Dimitrov hits a forehand against Marcos Baghdatis.
by Leigh Walsh
Tuesday 10 June 2014

Wimbledon.com's highlights from the second day of the Aegon Championships 2014 at The Queen's Club...

Major highlights

Andy Murray has yet to step foot on Centre Court at The Queen’s Club, but the world No.5 remains the only British player left in the singles draw.

After a promising opening day’s play in West London for the home hopefuls, James Ward and Dan Evans both succumbed to superior opposition on Tuesday.

Ward had his sights set on repeating his 2011 heroics – which saw him reach the semi-finals for the first time – after an impressive straight-sets win over Blaz Rola in the first round. But in his second match he came up against one of the game’s rising talents Grigor Dimitrov, who was looking to right the wrongs of Paris in London.

The Bulgarian, who sits at No.13 in the world, had high hopes heading into the French Open after reaching a maiden ATP Masters 1000 semi-final in Rome, but he stumbled at the first hurdle to Croatian Ivo Karlovic. He wasn’t to make the same mistake on the grass, however, as he eased past Ward 7-5, 6-3.

“[It] feels nice to be back on that court,” said Dimitrov after the win. “I think it's never easy to play those first matches, especially when you play against a Brit. I think that adds a little bit extra tension, but I'm happy I'm through the match.”

Evans faced a tall order in the second round when he went up against the six foot eight South African Kevin Anderson. The British No.2 was full of confidence after victory over former world No.8 Jurgen Melzer the previous day, but Anderson is a man in form having reached two finals this year.

Not just a big server, Anderson can hold his own from the baseline, demonstrating this by reaching the fourth round on the slow, high-bouncing clay of Roland Garros. The No.7 seed settled into his rhythm early in his first grass-court match of the season and he looked the likely winner from the off. He broke Evans’ serve four times, while saving the lone break point he faced en route to a 6-2, 6-3 win.

Tomas Berdych secured his passage to the third round also, but the second-seeded Czech didn’t have things all his own way. He was forced to three sets against Australian qualifier James Duckworth but the world No. 6 held firm, winning 20 of 26 points on his serve in the third set to seal victory 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes.

Big win

The biggest win of the day came on Centre Court as world No.60 Marinko Matosevic dispatched of 2012 champion and last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic, 6-4, 6-4. After the win, Matosevic said he was “happy” to be back on the grass. The Australian made a name for himself at the French Open when he finally clinched a maiden singles win at a Grand Slam after falling in the first round at his previous 12 majors. “It's freed me right up,” said Matosevic of getting the “gorilla” off his shoulders. “Before when someone would mention something about Slams or I'd hear the city or something to do with a Grand Slam, I would think about it. It would make me feel uncomfortable. Now I just feel free to play tennis.”

Quote of the day

“I'd say my goal is to become a member at Wimbledon the easiest way possible. That is to win seven matches.” – Grigor Dimitrov sets his bar high for the grass-court season.

Spotted

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech watched on as fellow Czech Radek Stepanek beat Mikhail Kukushkin; Maria Sharapova kept a close eye on boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov’s win over Dan Evans; and regular visitor Pippa Middleton was also in attendance on Day 2. 

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