Murray pulls out of Queen’s through injury as Wimbledon preparations take a hit

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Andy Murray picked up a straight-sets win over Sam Querrey at the Rhode Island Open Hall of Fame, while 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem picked up his first win in more than a year in Sweden.

Murray needed less than an hour to register a 6-2 6-0 triumph over the big-served American, setting up a last-16 encounter with Australian Max Purcell.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, missed his last meeting with Querrey in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2017, a defeat which marked the start of his injuries.

But he produced a neat display on the grass to wrap up his eighth career win over the American on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in Rhode Island, eighth seed James Duckworth battled to a 6-2 4-6 6-2 win over Liam Broady, and seventh seed Jiri Vesely earned a 6-4 6-3 triumph. 2 against the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Meanwhile, Thiem ended a 426-day wait for a Tour-level victory by defeating Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-5) at the Swedish Open.

The Austrian, who has won 17 career titles, ended a 10-game losing streak on the ATP Tour with his first triumph since beating Marton Fucsovics at the Internazionali d’Italia Round 32 in May 2021.

The 28-year-old expressed his joy at ending his drought in stride, saying: “It’s been a long time. My last win was in Rome in 2021, it feels like a different world in a way.

“Many, many things happened. It was difficult, but it was also a very good experience, I think, for life in general. I’m so happy to have achieved this first victory here today. “

Thiem will face fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the last 16, while Sebastien Baez will take on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina after the former beat Fabio Fognini in straight sets.

The Round of 16 saw two shock exits, however, with seventh seed Holger Rune succumbing to a 6-3 6-3 loss to Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Huesler, and Nikoloz Basilashvili being forced to retire in a set against Hugo Gaston.

Moreover, Francisco Cerundolo beat Pedro Sousa to set up a tantalizing clash with top seed Casper Ruud.

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