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Result: Stanislas Wawrinka's Wimbledon preparations take a hit as he loses at Queen's

Stanislas Wawrinka's grass-court season begins with defeat as he is knocked out by Fernando Verdasco in the first round at Queen's.

Stanislas Wawrinka has stumbled in his preparations for Wimbledon as he was knocked out of the Aegon Championships in the first round by Fernando Verdasco at Queen's on Tuesday.

Fernando Verdasco shakes hands with Stanislas Wawrinka after his victory in their first-round match at Queen's on June 14, 2016© Getty Images

The two-time Grand Slam champion, who was stopped at the quarter-final stage in the last two Wimbledon Championships, was beaten 6-2 7-6(3) by Verdasco on a rain-affected day in London.

It was a troubling start for Wawrinka as he lost his opening service game, which immediately put him on the back foot.

The Swiss player squandered six break points in the first set as Verdasco took a one-set lead in 38 minutes, but it was more competitive in the second set.

Just three break points were created in 13 games as both were strong on serve, but Verdasco stepped up in the tie-break as he nabbed it 7-3 to book a spot in the second round.

Wawrinka was competing for the first time since losing to Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the French Open earlier this month.

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