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Murray and Roddick through to semi-finals

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Latest update : 2009-06-13

Andy Murray (photo) and Andy Roddick are both through to the semi-finals at Queen's after Roddick got the better of Croatia's Ivo Karlovic and Murray beat America's Mardy Fish. It will be Murray's first ever semi-final appearance at Queen's.

AFP - Top seed Andy Murray booked his first Queen's semi-final appearance with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over America's Mardy Fish on Friday.

Murray is bidding to become the first British winner at Queen's since 1938 and the Scot remains firmly on course thanks to an impressive quarter-final display at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event.

The 22-year-old has yet to drop a set and will face former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero for a place in the final.

After a career-best display at the French Open earlier this month, Murray has adapted quickly to the grass courts of west London and already looks capable of mounting a serious challenge at Wimbledon.

Even against Fish, whose power-game is well suited to grass, there was never any sign that Murray would be blown off course by the eighth seed.

At 5-5 in the first set, Murray finally exploited a chink in Fish's armour to break for the first time and then served out the set.

Murray was able to hold his serve comfortably in the second set and made the all-important break when Fish tamely netted on his second break point of the seventh game.

With Fish looking out of his depth, Murray clinched victory with a blistering return of serve.

"He started well but I hit a few really good passing shots at 5-5 in the first set and managed to break him. I felt much more confident after that," Murray said.

"I knew it was going to be a big test and I was very happy with how I served."

Andy Roddick won the battle of the game's biggest servers as he beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5) to keep alive his bid for a record fifth title here.

Roddick, the American second seed, and Croatia's Karlovic, seeded ninth, have served more aces than any other player this season.

It was little surprise that the match was a war of attrition as Karlovic, at 6ft 10in the biggest player on Tour, lashed down one booming serve after another and Roddick followed suit to send the first set to a tie-break.

Roddick was finally able to wrestle control as he earned an early mini-break to win his 18th breaker out of 21 attempts this year.

The second set was more of the same, with Roddick missing one match point on Karlovic's serve at 6-5. Another breaker was required to separate them and Roddick took it again.

The former US Open champion will play either compatriot James Blake or Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in the last four.

Former French Open champion Ferrero reached the first grasscourt semi-final of his career after coming from behind to beat Steve Darcis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Ferrero has already had a memorable week after achieving his 400th career victory, but the Spaniard, a claycourt expert, is now within two matches of winning on grass for the first time.

Darcis, who was bidding to become the first Belgian to reach the last four here, looked like causing an upset when he took the first set.

But Ferrero had no intention of surrendering without a fight. He won the second set easily and broke in the seventh game of the final set before serving out the match.

Date created : 2009-06-12

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