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Tennis: Matosevic takes aim at Murray after shocking Cilic

Published on Jun 11, 2014 6:35 AM
Australia's Marinko Matosevic celebrates defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic in their men's singles tennis match at the Queen's Club Championships tennis tournament in west London, on June 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Australia’s Marinko Matosevic ended Marin Cilic’s attempt to reach a third consecutive Queen’s Club final on Tuesday and then aimed a verbal volley at Andy Murray’s decision to hire Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach.

Cilic won the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in 2012 when his opponent David Nalbandian was disqualified and the Croatian made it back to the final last year before losing to Murray.

But the ninth seed’s hopes of becoming the first player to reach three successive Queen’s finals since Andy Roddick from 2003 to 2005, were shattered by Bosnia-born Matosevic in a 6-4 6-4 first round defeat in west London.

Matosevic, 28, was still in combative mood during his post-match press conference as he became the first male player to disagree with Murray’s shock coaching appointment.

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