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Queen’s Club Championship: Schwartzman beats defending champion Cilic

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Cilic, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic in last year’s epic final, lost his serve three times over the two sets as Schwartzman capitalised on the Croat’s errors.

“Diego played a really solid match,’’ Cilic said.

“He did not miss many balls and he was moving really well, passing really well but I had some chances and I guess I could do a little bit more.’’

Schwartzman, who ranked 23rd in the world, did hand a break back to Cilic for 4-4 in the first set.

However, fifth-seeded Cilic double-faulted on his following service to trail 5-4 before the 2017 Wimbledon finalist sent a return wide to surrender the set.

“I am not feeling that great on the serve to keep the pressure up and to create chances,’’ Cilic added.

“But I have to give credit to Diego today.’’

Cilic was broken in the opening game of set two and never recovered with Schwartzman hitting two aces and a drop shot in the tenth game to seal his quarter-final spot.

South Africa’s second seed, Kevin Anderson, is also out after last year’s Wimbledon finalist lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Three of the top five seeds have now left the Queen’s Club after third seed, Juan Martin del Potro, pulled out with a right knee injury.

The top seed, Stefanos Tsitipas, had to return to centre court to finish off his first round match with Britain’s Kyle Edmund after rain suspended play with Tsitsipas leading 6-3, 3-3 on Wednesday.

Edmund valiantly saved six match points at 6-5 before a Tsitsipas backhand return was reviewed by television to be good enough for the Greek 20-year-old to take a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

“I have been following this tournament for many years and I am glad I come here as the number one seed,’’ said Tsitsipas after completing his debut win at the Queen’s Club.

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