Tuesday 21 November 2017

Murray digs deep to book semi-final date at Queen's

Andy Murray plays a backhand in his quarter-final match against Gilles Muller at Queen's Club
Andy Murray plays a backhand in his quarter-final match against Gilles Muller at Queen's Club
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Andy Murray shrugged off an apparent left thigh niggle to rally for a testing three-set victory over Gilles Muller in the Aegon Championships quarter-finals at Queen's Club yesterday.

Murray struggled early on with his strapped-up thigh, and was flummoxed in that same stage by the craft and guile of Muller's serve, but rallied for a 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 triumph.

Should the heavy rain forecast wash out today's schedule Murray could end up having to play both his semi-final and the final tomorrow to claim the title.

At this stage the 28-year-old Scot will not be overly perturbed, especially given the fact he had to free himself from the choke-hold of Muller's serve that propelled his opponent into a one-set lead.

Three-time Queen's Club champion Murray steadied himself after his shaky opening, eventually devising a way to dismantle Muller's serve en route to the semi-finals.

"It's always tough when you are behind and I wasn't getting many chances on his serve so 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 break through.

"But towards the end I started to relax more and returned better and played some really good tennis at the end and hopefully I can carry that form through.

"Physically I feel good and with Wimbledon around the corner it's always good to pick up some wins."

Murray will face Viktor Troicki, who saw off John Isner 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 yesterday, in a Queen's week mostly dominated by the big servers.

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