Shock loss hits Demon Wimbledon seeding

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Alex de Minaur was beaten by Lorenzo Musetti. Picture: Luke Walker/Getty Images for LTA

Alex de Minaur’s Wimbledon seeding could be impacted by a shock loss in the opening round at Queens, but Australia’s top-ranked player isn’t concerned.

Having risen to a career-high seventh in the world after winning the grass tournament in Netherlands last weekend, de Minaur was unable to defend the 300 points he gained after reaching last year’s final at Queen’s.

Those points expire after a year, meaning a slip down the rankings and potentially the Wimbledon seedings.

But as he looks ahead, de Minaur is unperturbed.

“The ranking spot doesn’t really bother me too much as it fluctuates every week,” he said after losing to Lorenzo Mussetti 1-6 6-4 6-2 on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).

“Looking at the bigger picture that is the most important thing. I played well today, just mentally ran way at the end. I’m feeling confident on the grass, and now I have a lot of time to prepare for Wimby (Wimbledon).

“The tennis world is non-stop, there was no real chance to celebrate (Sunday’s win). I won Sunday, fly that night, have a hit yesterday, play today. I would rather go deeper here but it is what it is. I have been dealt this hand and will deal with it.

“There are days things don’t go your way. You just have to move on, there’s no other way to look at it.

“I have won plenty of titles and plenty of times lost the first round the next time. It is tennis.

“I will have enough preparation for Wimbledon, be ready to go and be looking forward to it.”

But while de Minaur went down, his fellow Aussies Jordan Thompson and Rinky Hijikata progressed to the second round.

Thompson is through to the final 16 at the Queen’s Club for the third time in his career after an upset win over seventh seed Holger Rune.

“I served pretty well the whole day and he served well as well,” Thompson said.

“Just a break here and there that decided the match and a tie-breaker.”

Hijikata advanced passed world No.28 Frances Tiafoe when the American retired early in the third set due to a fall resulting in a hip injury, adding to the Aussie’s preparation before his Wimbledon main-draw debut later this month.

“Playing Wimbledon has always been a dream of mine and I was pretty shattered a couple years ago when I lost last round of ‘qualies’,” Hijikata said.

“Being (in) on my own merit this year is a big positive and I’m really looking forward to it.”