LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Second seed Grigor Dimitrov survived a tough first-round workout against Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur at the Queen’s Club championships on Tuesday to set up a possible second-round clash with former world number one Novak Djokovic.
The 27-year-old Bulgarian was edged out in a second-set tiebreak but eventually prevailed 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3, sealing victory with an ace.
It was a reasonably assured start for the 2014 Queen’s champion who was just relieved to avoid having his Wimbledon preparations cut short.
“I was a bit rusty obviously and need to brush up on a few things and come back and get a bit better,” Dimitrov said on court. “I just want to play as many matches as possible on grass. It’s a tough field here and you have to be on the edge every single round.”
Djokovic, back at the London event for the first time since 2010 after being granted a wildcard, was in action against Australia’s John Millman later on centre court.
All eyes will be five-times champion Andy Murray later as he takes on Nick Kyrgios in his first match in almost a year.
Twice Wimbledon champion Murray, who had hip surgery in January, is not seeded having fallen to 156th in the rankings.
Canadian Milos Raonic also reached the second round after Indian opponent Yuki Bhambri retired injured. (Reporting by Martyn Herman Editing by Alison Williams)