Murray enters quarters
London, June 16
Andy Murray set up the first all-British Queen’s Club quarter-final in the Open era as the defending champion cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory on Thursday.
Murray will face British wildcard Kyle Edmund for a place in the semi-finals after brushing aside Aljaz Bedene, another of his compatriots, in the second round of the Wimbledon warm-up event. The last time two British players contested an ATP Tour quarter-final was in Adelaide in 2002 when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski 6-4, 6-4.
Murray is bidding for a record fifth Queen’s crown and the world No 2 took just 83 minutes to extend his fine career record in west London to 27-5 and book a sixth appearance in the Queen’s last eight. The Scot, who resumed his partnership with coach Ivan Lendl this week after a two-year separation, next takes on Davis Cup teammate Edmund, who was given a walkover into the quarter-finals after his French opponent Paul-Henri Mathieu pulled out with a wrist problem.
Elsewhere in the second round, Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller saved 10 match points to claim a surprise 3-6, 7-6 (18/16), 7-6 (9/7) win over American seventh seed John Isner. Isner hit 43 aces but was unable to recover when a controversial call went against him in the second set tie-break and world No 41 Muller made him pay when he converted his first match point in the decisive tie-break.
Muller will face Australia’s Bernard Tomic or Spain’s Fernando Verdasco for a place in the last four.