Tennis: Murray in Queen's semis; Federer advances at Halle

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Tennis: Murray in Queens semis; Federer advances at Halle
Roger Federer eased past David Goffin during their quarterfinal match.

Published: Fri 17 Jun 2016, 10:09 PM

Last updated: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 12:02 AM

Defending champion Andy Murray survived a stern test from Kyle Edmund to reach the Queen's Club semifinals with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over the British wildcard on Friday.
Murray will play Croatia's Marin Cilic in the last four on Saturday in a rematch of the 2013 final at the Wimbledon warm-up event in west London.
But the world number two had to dig deep to remain on course for a record fifth Queen's crown after a lacklustre first two sets against an inexperienced 21-year-old ranked 83 places below him.
Murray defeated 2012 champion Cilic in the final three years ago but if the 29-year-old wants to repeat that he will have to improve significantly on his curiously limp performance against Edmund, who showed why he is regarded as Murray's likely successor as British number one with an inspired effort before being blown away in the deciding set.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer eased to a 6-1 7-6 (10) win over Belgium's David Goffin to reach the semifinals of the Halle Open.
The top-seeded Swiss, who is returning to match fitness after missing the French Open through injury, was made to work hard in the second set but completed victory after saving five set points in one hour and 21 minutes.
Federer, who has not claimed an ATP title this year, is seeking to win for a ninth time at the German tournament, which he uses as a traditional warm-up to Wimbledon.
Murray had waited 10 years to face a British opponent until he beat Aljaz Bedene in the second round on Thursday and just 24 hours later the top seed was taking on another compatriot in the promising Edmund.
It was the first all-British Queen's Club quarter-final in the Open era and the first last eight showdown between two Brits on the ATP Tour since Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in Adelaide in 2002.
Although it was the first time Murray had faced Edmund, they are Davis Cup team-mates and regular practice partners at the Scot's training base in Miami.
That intimate knowledge should have worked in Murray's favour after he took control with a break for a 2-1 lead.
However, as in his wins over Bedene and Nicolas Mahut, Murray was some way short of his best and there was an immediate break back by Edmund, who appeared unperturbed by being unexpectedly awoken in the early hours of Friday.

By Agencies

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