Aussie giant-killers bundled out at Queen's
THANASI Kokkinakis has delivered a withering self-critique after joining Jordan Thompson on the Queen's Club scrapheap - two days after the biggest wins of their careers.
Triumphant over Andy Murray on Tuesday, lucky loser Thompson had his chance against Sam Querrey before losing 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3 at the AEGON Championships.
And wildcard Kokkinakis, bidding to back up a huge win over Milos Raonic, was given a shuddering jolt after a limp 6-2 6-2 to Russian Daniil Medvedev in only 59 minutes.
The performance disgusted the talented South Australian and he was in no mood to mince words in defeat.
"It was just mental. My serve and forehand are usually the things I rely on, and even those were off with the fairies somewhere," he said.
"I don't know what it was. I couldn't put a ball in the court. It was horrible.
"In practice I hit the ball great this morning. I was feeling good. I come out on the court, and I don't know, it was like a pro playing against a toddler.
"Like I didn't even know what I was doing out there.
"I was just trying to loosen up my shoulders and play free. I couldn't do it. Even in the warm-up I felt tight, so I thought ,'This is not looking good.'"
Querrey clinically snuffed out Thompson's inspiring run, battering the Australian with 15 aces.
Like Kokkinakis, Thompson conceded there was an element of a let-down.
"Aww, yeah maybe just a bit, like getting broken twice and not being able to break back," he said before acknowledging he shouldn't even been in contention after losing the final round of qualifying.
The Sydneysider was given a second chance as a lucky loser after Aljaz Bedene withdrew from his match with Murray.
"I shouldn't have even been in the draw so to play a couple of matches is good," Thompson said.
"Good to get out on the grass, good preparation for Wimbledon."
Attempting to capitalise on the stunning victory over world No.1 Murray in the opening round, 90th-ranked Thompson fought bravely.
But Querrey, whose grass-court pedigree contains a famous upset of defending champion Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last season, packed too many guns.
The 2010 Queen's Club champion, Querrey has been plagued by elbow soreness since beaten Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin to win Acapulco this season.
He will play Glles Muller in the quarters for a crack at either Marin Cilic or Donald Young.
Medvedev, 21, beat Kokkinakis for the second time in two weeks and will play Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the semi-finals.
Feliciano Lopez will take on Thomas Berdych in the fourth quarter-final.