Murray Advances At Queen’s, Defending Champion Dimitrov Out; Federer In Halle QFs
by Staff | June 18th, 2015, 9:24 pm

Three-time champion Andy Murray eased past Fernando Verdasco today 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the Queen’s quarterfinals.

“It wasn’t perfect, but I felt I dug myself out of a few difficult situations when I was behind on my serve,” said Murray. “Especially in the second set, [I] played some good points there, [served] a few aces.

“I will definitely need to make sure I start a bit sharper than I have in the last couple of matches, because I played a couple of sloppy service games early on. When you start playing against the big servers, you can’t really afford that.”

Murray has won 17 of his last 18 matches since the start of the clay season. He’ll face Gilles Muller in the quarterfinals after the lefty bounced out struggling defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(5).

This season the 24-year-old Dimitrov has made just two semifinals, and now has to defend semifinal points at Wimbledon.

“I don’t think I’m playing bad tennis at the moment,” said Dimitrov who has lost three of his last four matches. “I just am doing a lot of good things on the court, which really don’t discourage me to play. I’m just going to stay positive. Wimbledon is coming up. I’m going to have good time to get ready.”

Also, John Isner and Feliciano Lopez combined for an ATP 3-set record 65 aces as the American won a no-break match unsurprisingly 7-6(5), 6-7)9), 7-6(4). Isner hit a 3-set personal best 36 aces in the victory. Next for the American is Viktor Troicki who knocked out US Open champion Marin Cilic.

In Halle, Kei Nishikori and Gael Monfils advanced to the quarterfinals while Andreas Seppi downed 5th seed Tommy Robredo.

The Friday quarters feature Tomas Berdych v Ivo Karlovic, Nishikori against the giant Jerzy Janowicz, Seppi v Monfils and Roger Federer returns against German Florian Mayer.

At the WTA event in Birmingham, Simona Halep cruised into the last eight crushing Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-3.

“I expected a tough match because she plays very hard on grass with her type of game,” Halep said. “It’s difficult to play her on this surface but I didn’t really want to think about that – I just came out here and played my game, played my style, stayed aggressive and especially served very well in the match.

“It was a good match for me today. It was my second match on grass this year so I’m feeling better on it, and I feel no pressure – I’m just enjoying the tennis here, and enjoying playing on this nice court.”

Halep will now face Kristina Mladenovic tomorrow. Carla Saurez Navarro, Sabine Lisicki and Daniela Hantuchova also were winners.

STADION start 12:00 noon
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [8] I. Karlovic (CRO)
J. Janowicz (POL) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs [PR] F. Mayer (GER)
Not Before 17:30
A. Seppi (ITA) vs [4] G. Monfils (FRA)

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs K. Anderson (RSA)
[7] G. Simon (FRA) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs G. Muller (LUX)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs J. Isner (USA)
[1] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [4] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)

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14 Comments for Murray Advances At Queen’s, Defending Champion Dimitrov Out; Federer In Halle QFs

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, there’s more talent remaining in the Halle QFs than at London.

Margot Says:

It’s the march of the giant servers at Queens.
Go Andy!
Go Viktor!
Go Gilles!
etc etc

sienna Says:

45 clean aces by Big Ivo!
Wow what a weapon. best serve on tour?

Margot Says:

^ To misquote Don McLean
“The day the tennis died?”

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, Berdych out, Milos out, Murray down a set.

What is going on in London? Have they been SMOKING the grass?

courbon Says:

TV: I know very good gandja dealer around Barons Court.Maybe he was in locker rooms earlier…

Margot Says:

Just frigging amazing from Andy against an opponent who was playing “out of his skin.” Never seen Andy so bouncy either.
Think I’m a weeny bit in love with Jonas, so good to see a livinh human being in Andy’s box after Ivan the inscrutable.
Gooooooo Andy!

RZ Says:

Just checked in the scores. Nice comeback for Andy. Getting through tough matches is key prep for the big W.

RZ Says:

@Margot – I’ve always like Jonas Bjorkman. Seems like a nice and fun guy. BTW, I just read that Amelie is coming to Wimbledon, and Andy is planning to stick with her (and Jonas) for the long-term.–ten.html

Margot Says:

That’s really good news. Like them both and it makes sense to have 2 coaches as, presumably, they can now share the travelling.

RZ Says:

I liked how the article referred to Jonas as Amelie’s deputy. Hopefully that will clear up a lot of the misconceptions about the roles.

courbon Says:

Comone Victor!

Colin Says:

As the first set proceeded, and it looked as if Andy was going to be blasted out of Queen’s, I thought “My nerves can’t stand this. Time for a snooze”, so I went for a lie down and returned to find Andy had worked out Muller and had in fact served more aces himself! A delightful surprise.

KatH Says:

@ Colin
I did similar to yourself – I did go to Live commentary on the Telegraph and forced myself to have an occasional read while watching a different programme on TV. After Murray held his serve in 2nd set did I dare to watch the match.

I thought Murray played like a real champion – we were cheering and clapping – every time Jonas was on his feet so was I – terrific match.

How about Troicki v Murray – I hope they can both keep their emotions in hand —Murray did not support Troicki re. the doping situation and evidently has not changed his mind and Troicki knows it…..

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