Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun progressed to the third round at Queen’s Club in London on Wednesday after coming from behind to defeat 16th seed Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7).
After a hard-fought three-set grass-court win a day earlier, Lu played another tough and tight three-set battle, all of which went to a tiebreaker in a match that lasted for nearly three hours against the world No. 56, to set himself up for a third-round encounter with third seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.
Karlovic, known for his huge serves, fired 35 aces compared with Lu’s six, but Lu did his best to hold his service games and broke his opponent whenever he had the opportunity.
It was the second time Lu has made it to the third round at Queen’s. The previous time was back in 2004, when he beat world No. 3 Guillermo Coria in the second round.
Later in the day, Lu teamed up with Sam Querrey of the US in the first round of the men’s doubles against Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, but Lu and Querrey lost 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (3-7).
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon preparations suffered a blow when the top-seeded Scot was also beaten in his opening match in the singles by Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
Murray, the defending champion, never looked comfortable and he slid out 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/1) in the second round. He had received a bye in the first round.
Mahut, a finalist in 2008 and now the world No. 65, raced through the third-set tiebreak, taking the first six points to win 7-1.
He needed only two of the six match points, with Murray slicing a backhand into the net to end proceedings.
The Frenchman is next set to play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, while Murray, the world No. 4 who was beaten in the French Open quarter-finals, must find another way to prepare for the start of Wimbledon on June 25.
“Maybe it’s the best victory of my career, it was a difficult match and I’m very happy,” said Mahut, who will always be remembered for a record 11 hour, 5 minute tussle with John Isner of the US at Wimbledon in 2010. “I’m pretty sure Andy will do well at Wimbledon, maybe win this time. I’m really sorry guys, but you will see him winning matches very shortly.”
Scot Murray was outwardly unworried.
“There is no need for me to panic. You know I lost the match 7-6 in the third [set] in the first round of the tournament, but it takes a little bit of time to adapt to the grass courts,” he said.
Mahut’s second-seeded compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also overcame a British opponent to go through, beating Jamie Baker 6-3, 6-2 in just under an hour.
Roddick, the seventh seed who has been struggling with injury and was beaten in four sets by Mahut in the first round of the French Open, also exited after losing 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin.