Murray Wins In Three At Queen’s; Ace King Karlovic Takes On Federer In Halle
by Staff | June 19th, 2015, 5:10 pm
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Andy Murray overcame a first set blip to defeat Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 to advanced to the Queen’s Club semifinals.

“It’s always tough when you’re behind, and I wasn’t getting many chances on his serve; it was a bit frustrating,” said Murray. “In the second set I was holding my service games well but wasn’t able to get the breakthrough. Definitely towards the end I started to relax more and return better and played some really good tennis at the end. Hopefully I can carry that form into tomorrow.”

“I’m in a good place just now. Physically, I feel good… [I’m] looking forward to the next few days.”

Murray has now won 18 of his last 19 matches and 23 of 25, his only losses coming to Novak Djokovic. Next will be Novak’s countryman Viktor Troicki who beat John Isner 7-6(5), 6-3.

In the other semi, Gilles Simon booked his spot beating Milos Raonic in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

“I feel it was really tough,” said Simon “I always lost against Milos before, and the way we played the first set I felt it would be the same; he was just playing better.

“I didn’t feel I was playing better than before or better than him, but just the score is with me and I felt okay… Finally, I could hold it until the end.”

Raonic pounded 23 aces in the losing effort. Simon will meet Kevin Anderson Saturday. The South African knocked out Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(7), 7-5. He won his only meeting with Simon.

In Halle, Ivo Karlovic set a record firing 45 aces in a 7-5, 6-7(8), 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych. Karlovic has now hit 9,593 aces in 511 matches over the course of his career. He is now just 90 aces behind all-time leader Goran Ivanisevic, his Croatian compatriot, who struck 10,183 aces in 895 matches.

“Berdych returns quite well really,” said Karlovic. “That’s why lots of aces are so important. I didn’t really know how many aces I’d done. But when I heard it was 45 I new that’s a new record at once.

“The semifinal is always good, but only lasts a week. The record may hold for a long, long time.”

Ivo will face 7-time Halle champion Roger Federer in the semifinals on Saturday after the Swiss beat German Florian Mayer 6-0, 7-6. Federer leads this series 12-1 with the Croat.

“I’m happy this week is going well. This was clearly a total different opponent to the first two. I got more chances off his second serve, I was able to get into rallies easier and I had a good serving day. I thought I played very well today,” said Federer.

Kei Nishikori also advanced to the semis. After beating Jerzy Janowicz in three, he’ll take on Andrea Seppi who earned his spot when Gael Monfils retired with a hip injury in the second set down 6-1, 1-0.

“I’m feeling pretty comfortable on grass,” said Nishikori. “I had a good performance last year and these couple of matches were very intense and playing a good match. So, I’m looking forward to play Wimbledon.”

At WTA Birmingham, the semifinals are set. Kristina Mladenovic, who upset Simona Halep today in a final set breaker, will face Karolina Pliskova. Germans Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki will square off in the other semi.

“It was an amazing match and a big win for me today,” Mladenovic said. “I don’t know if it’s the best one – I’ve had a few matches where I’ve beaten Top 10 players – but it’s an amazing feeling to beat Simona in this way because she’s such a good player.”

SATURDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADION start 13:00
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs [8] I. Karlovic (CRO)
16:00
A. Seppi (ITA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [2] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)

SATURDAY QUEEN’S SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 1:15 pm
[7] G. Simon (FRA) vs K. Anderson (RSA)
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs V. Troicki (SRB)
[3] D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND) vs [2] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)


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38 Comments for Murray Wins In Three At Queen’s; Ace King Karlovic Takes On Federer In Halle

RZ Says:

Looks like you got Karolina and Kristina mixed up in the article. It’s Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic (not Kristina Pliskova and Karolina Mladenovic).


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Actually, Krystrina Pliskova does exist – though it’s a with a Y. She has even the same genes as Karolina! It should be very confusing for the author now.


skeezer Says:

Hope Dr. Ivo wakes up with a sore shoulder. Fed needs some luck….heck, 45 aces? Whoa!


Humble Rafa Says:

After Dr. Ivo sends the Arrogant One home, everyone will understand what a joke the season of the cows is.


skeezer Says:

You said that about Fed vs Monfils @FO.
As usual, the joke’s on you. Predicting is not your cup of tea. Get a Cat and buy a litter box.


RZ Says:

@Gregoire – LOL. I thought of mentioning the Pliskova twin but figured I would keep it simple. :-)


Giles Says:

Wishing injury on a player just so his fave can win? Skeezer you really are the pits, can you stoop any lower than underground level? Am sure fed is very proud to have you as his star fan!!


Jeez Says:

Fed to serve


Jeez Says:

2nd serve ACE


Jeez Says:

If Fed doesn’t improve his ROS,he is gonna be in trouble.
Karlovic has won all his service points till now 2-3 where as Federer has lost 4 points on his serve!!


Jeez Says:

Fed has won just 2 points on Karlovic’s serve till now!!

4-4


Jeez Says:

5-4

Karlovic has won 8 points on Federer’s serve!!

Taken to DEUCE Twice!!


Jeez Says:

6-6

TIE BREAK !!


sienna Says:

after Stans backhand Karlovic serve is the most beautifull stroke in tennis. Just amazing.


Jeez Says:

Back hand winner gives Federer mini break leads 5-3


Jeez Says:

6-3!!


Jeez Says:

DOUBLE FAULT !!

Federer takes the SET 7-6(7-3)

:-)


Jeez Says:

Karlovic had won 37 points to 36 for Federer in the 1st SET!!


Jeez Says:

0-30 Fed service!!


Jeez Says:

30-40

BREAK POINT for Ivo!!


Jeez Says:

BP saved

2-2


Jeez Says:

0-30 on Karlovic’s service !!


Jeez Says:

DEUCE !!


Jeez Says:

Another

TIE BREAK!!


Jeez Says:

2nd SET

TIE BREAK!!


Colin Says:

Meanwhile, it’s raining at Queen’s, just as Simon and Anderson were warming up. However, they haven’t put the covers on yet, so they must expect the shower to end quickly.


Jeez Says:

Federer gets a mini break

3-2

Taken back

3-3


Jeez Says:

Forehand long ??

no

HAWK EYE saves

4-3


Jeez Says:

NETTED!!
Another mini break for Federer

5-4


Jeez Says:

7-6(7-3),7-6(7-4) the final SCORE!!


skeezer Says:

Another final for the Maestro! Takes down The Ace King with a healthy shoulder. Mazin ;)


skeezer Says:

NK,
Thanks. Fantastic article indeed👍


Jeez Says:

Nishikori

RETIRED??


Daniel Says:

Great win for Fed. Good that this week he is winning all tiebreaks, showing his confidence. On grass, you got win tiebreaks as he did in his good old days.

Seppi serve is attackable so I expect Fed to have more chances tomorrow. If he wins the title he will be good for Wimpy once again and now waiting for next Friday when the draw comes out.


jane Says:

don’t know what to think about kei. it seems he’s always injured or something.

seppi got 2 retirements in a row; rather a surprise finalist methinks.

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