The upset bug continued to hit the Queen’s Club Aegon Championships hard on Friday. A day after losing Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic, the tournament suffered losses this afternoon by top seed Rafael Nadal and local favorite Andy Murray.
Nadal had his 24-match win streak snapped by fellow lefty Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-4.
“He played well,” said Nadal. “I think his serve was very good and from the baseline he had very good slice. I just [want to] congratulate him. I think he’s playing well and I wish him best of luck to win the tournament.”
Nadal had come straight to Queen’s with no rest, arriving at Queen’s the very next day after his Sunday French Open triumph.
“I think I going to have a few days next week at Wimbledon to practice,” said Nadal. “I [have] played a lot of matches the last few months. My feeling was not bad today, so that’s positive. Next week in Wimbledon I [am] going to have more time to practice and to adjust my serve, backhand and movements on the grass.”
Lopez will now meet Murray’s conqueror, American Mardy Fish. Fish and Murray resumed their third round match from Thursday at 3-3 in the third set and eventually Fish came out ahead 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(2).
“I didn’t think it was particularly good,” said Murray. “Very few rallies, a lot of mistakes. “There was a lot of mistakes and very blustery. Today was a bit of a shootout. No breaks, very few points against a serve. You play one or two bad points in a tie-break and it’s done.
“I would have liked to have played a couple more matches, but I’ve gone into Wimbledon in previous years and played well having not played that many matches going in. “I’m sure come Wimbledon I’ll be playing a lot better than I was here, with 10 days more playing on the surface.”
Murray was the defending champion of the tournament.
Fish later in the day went on the beat Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4. In the other semifinal Sam Querrey will battle Rainer Schuettler.
Roger Federer remains the class in Halle after the Swiss eased past Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3.
“I feel in good shape, playing well in all areas of my game,” Federer said. “Tactically, I’m doing the right things, serving great, moving really well. So, there is no complaints on any level and that’s obviously a great feeling,” said Federer. “You need to win matches to prove yourself and a good feeling is just sometimes not good enough to always win, but I’m happy that the success is coming upon me. And I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
In the semifinals Saturday Federer meets another German named Philipp, Philipp Petzschner.
“A small dream of mine will become true [when I play Federer]. I always wanted to play him,” said Petzschner. “I have watched him often enough and know what to expect. It is evident if he can play his best tennis, I won’t have a chance to beat him. But I have to believe in my chances. I will try everything, fight for every ball and see whether it will be enough.”
Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt and Benjamin Becker will contest the other semifinals.
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