Cameron Norrie knows he was second best as he was given the runaround by Stan Wawrinka in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.
The 22-year-old has made good progress over the last 12 months, surging to his current high ranking of 79, but was found wanting against the three-time grand slam champion, who won 6-2 6-3 in only 56 minutes.
And Norrie feels the difference in serving between the two players was key.
“I think he served really well today,” Norrie said. “I donated him my serve in two, three games, and that was it basically.
“But he managed his serve very well, and it was tough for me to get into the rallies against him.
“I didn’t serve that great. I think I served like 40 per cent or something, so it was really low for me.
“It was pretty surprising. I have been serving so well in the days leading up.
“I wasn’t quite hitting that wide spot on the ad. That’s been my go-to serve. That was basically what let me down.”
Fellow Briton Jay Clarke did not fare much better as he was beaten by Sam Querrey.
The 19-year-old, who was given a wildcard into the tournament, competed well with last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist but lost 6-3 6-3.
Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans complete the British interest on Tuesday.
Murray is playing Nick Kyrgios in his first competitive match in 342 days, British number one Kyle Edmund is up against American Ryan Harrison and Evans, making his ATP Tour return following a drugs ban, faces Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Edmund was a winner in the doubles on Monday, teaming up with compatriot Neal Skupski, to beat Grigor Dimitrov and Harrison while defending champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares won a tight battle with all-French pair Mannarino and Fabrice Martin.