After a rocky start against Arthur Rinderknech on day two of the Queen’s Tournament, world number two Carlos Alcaraz made a dramatic comeback. Meanwhile, Holger Rune celebrated his first-ever victory on a grass court against Maxime Cressy. British tennis star, Andy Murray, however, faced disappointment as his hopes of a Wimbledon seeding were extinguished by Alex De Minaur.
Alcaraz’s Daring Comeback, Rune’s Maiden Grass Win
Spanish top seed Carlos Alcaraz pulled off a magnificent recovery in his debut match at the Cinch Championships, beating French lucky loser Arthur Rinderknech 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 after two hours and 34 minutes of high-octane tennis. Despite the initial hiccups and being three points from defeat, Alcaraz found his groove to secure the victory. Alcaraz remarked, “It was a really tough match… but I enjoyed playing on the grass here at Queen’s. It was a very good performance for me.”
In contrast, Danish second seed Holger Rune breezed through the grass court season, winning in straight sets 7-6, 7-6 over American Maxime Cressy. Rune, who had lost all of his prior grass matches, claimed that he only had three days of preparation on grass, but managed to adjust his game to overcome the formidable Cressy. In the next round, Rune will meet British wildcard Ryan Peniston, who defeated him in Eastbourne last year.
Murray’s Disappointment, Broady’s Heartbreak
Former world number one Andy Murray’s dreams of securing a Wimbledon seeding were crushed after he was defeated 6-3, 6-1 by Australia’s Alex De Minaur. Murray’s performance at Queen’s was bland, despite a 10-match winning streak on British grass courts and previous title victories in Surbiton and Nottingham. He stressed, however, that there was no need to overreact, stating, “It’s easy to overreact.” I lost to a good player.”
British number five, Liam Broady, also faced disappointment as he lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 to France’s world number 46, Adrian Mannarino. Despite a strong start and leading 6-1, 2-0, Broady failed to maintain his momentum as the experienced Mannarino fought back to secure a comeback win.
The Queen’s Tournament continues to deliver both unexpected and predicted victories, exhibiting the adaptability and tenacity of the world’s best tennis players. Fans will be anticipating the next round of matches and the additional suspense that the tournament has to offer.