LTA - The Lawn Tennis Association

06/19/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 12:20

Denis Shapovalov defeats Kyle Edmund in Opening day thriller

Canada's Denis Shapovalov came through a three-set epic to defeat Kyle Edmund on the opening day of the revamped Aegon Championships.

The 18-year-old produced a match full of monstrous serving and youthful enthusiasm in front of a packed Centre Court at The Queen's Club in West London as he took the win 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4.

Britain's Edmund battled hard on the grass under a baking early-evening sun but he could not find a way to overcome the man he defeated in February's Davis Cup encounter.

This year's Aegon Championships sees the new-look Centre Court expanded by 30% to fit in more fans and those filling the new seats were not left disappointed after a day of thrilling action.

Earlier, crowd-favourite Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga and fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino raised the curtain on the expanded Centre Court in the opening match of this year's Championships.

Playing on the lush green surface under bright blue skies, Tsonga eased through to the second round with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 victory and next faces either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Gilles Muller.

Sixth-seed Grigor Dimitrov saw off the challenge of America's Ryan Harrison in under an hour as he ran out an easy 6-3, 6-1 winner in the second match on Centre. Tomas Berdych joins the Bulgarian in the next round after defeating Steve Darcis.

Tuesday sees reigning champion and No.1 seed Andy Murray take to the court in an all-British encounter with Aljaz Bedene. Opening the action of day two will be last year's runner-up Milos Raonic, up against Australian prospect Thanasi Kokkinakis.