AEGON Championships: Andy Murray's return from injury halted due to rain at Queen's
Last Updated: 12/06/13 9:20pm
Andy Murray: Comeback stalled due to rainy conditions at Queen's
Andy Murray's return from injury at the AEGON Championships was cut short on Wednesday as rain interrupted play at Queen's.
The world No 2, who was forced to miss the French Open after suffering from a back injury, began his Wimbledon preparation against Nicolas Mahut.
But the reigning US Open champion could not build on a 6-3 first-set lead due to the weather conditions, which saw the players leave centre court on three separate occasions.
Murray started at a steady pace before two fantastic shots in the seventh game allowed him to break Mahut and give the Scot a surge of confidence.
The US Open champion then wrapped up the first-set up with a lob after successfully challenging a call on Mahut's second serve to put him on set point.
The rain forced the players off before the second set began, and when they returned, briefly, neither were happy with the slippery surface, and after discussions with director Chris Kermode they left again.
Another short period of play was abandoned when heavier rain began to fall and play cancelled for the day just after 6.30pm, with the second set suspended at 2-2.
Some players did manage to get through their matches before the weather intervened; second seed Tomas Berdych and fifth seed Marin Cilic recorded straight-sets victories over Thiemo De Bakker and Ivan Dodig respectively.
Alexandr Dolgopolov, the seventh seed, also progressed courtesy of a 6-3 4-6 6-4 win over Santiago Giraldo. His next opponent will be Benjamin Becker, himself a 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 victor over 12th seed Lukas Rosol.
However Grigor Dimitrov was sent packing by a resurgent Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets, the four-time Queen's winner from Australia triumphing 6-4 6-3.
And while Murray wasn't quite able to finish the job on Wednesday there was still some British success for the home crowd to celebrate, Dan Evans upsetting the 13th-seeded Finn Jark Nieminen 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-4.