LONDON (Reuters) - Third seed Milos Raonic edged past Australia's Nick Kyrgios in a rain-delayed Aegon Championships first round showdown at Queen's Club on Wednesday as new coach John McEnroe watched on.
The big-serving Canadian has hired three-times Wimbledon champion McEnroe to help during the grass court season and their partnership got off to a winning start as Raonic won 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 to move into the second round.
Rain on Tuesday meant their match had been locked at one set apiece overnight.
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On the resumption with the sun shining at the west London club it was level pegging until 4-4 when Kyrgios served two double-faults to gift Raonic a break.
Raonic then battled back from 15-40 down to hold for the win that set up a clash with Czech Jiri Vesely.
"He's been on the court the whole time," Raonic said of four-times Queen's Club champion McEnroe.
"It's been a lot of fun, he's very competitive and it's obviously benefiting me as well."
British wildcard Kyle Edmund surprised eighth seed Gilles Simon of France, winning 6-4 3-6 6-1 but his fellow Briton Dan Evans was beaten by Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Top seed Andy Murray, bidding for a fifth title at the prestigious tournament, plays his second round on Thursday against Slovenian-born Briton Aljaz Bedene.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, Pritha Sarkar)