British duo knocked out

Dan Evans and James Ward both failed to pull off upsets against seeds in the second round of the Aegon Championships at Queen's.

British no 2 Evans had pulled off an impressive victory over Jurgen Melzer in his opening match at the grass-court tournament, seeing off the Austrian in a tight three-setter on Monday.

However South African Kevin Anderson proved too much for the Birmingham-born player to cope with, his booming serve proving the foundation for a comfortable 6-2 6-3 triumph after 65 minutes.

The seventh seed hammered down 10 aces in total and although he also registered five double faults, he faced just one break point on his own serve during the match. In contrast, Evans was broken three times.

"He restricted my opportunities, and the ones I did have I didn't take," admitted Evans. "He was banging that serve down from a tree.

"It was just an annoying match, I didn't really get the chance to play any tennis really; it couldn't have been a good one to watch."

Ward, meanwhile, was beaten 7-5 6-3 by fourth seed Gregor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, the Londoner losing his serve three times in total as he was unable to bridge the 142-place gap between the pair in the world rankings.

Cilic stunned

In first round action at the warm-up event for Wimbledon, 12th seed Dimitry Tursonov of Russia recorded a 6-3 6-4 victory over Igor Sijsling, while 11th seed Canadian Vasek Pospisil knocked out Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, the 10th seed, also progressed, beating Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-7(7/3) 6-1. The match spanned across two days and play had been suspended overnight due to rain.

Marin Cilic, however, was an early casualty, the 2012 champion, who won the event that year when David Nalbandian was disqualified in the second set of the final, going down 6-4 6-4 at the hands of Australian Marinko Matosevic.

The shock defeat ends the Croatian's hopes of reaching the final for a third straight year; he was runner-up 12 months ago to home favourite Andy Murray.