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Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-14

Top seed Andy Murray eased past Spain's Juan-Carlos Ferrero (6-4, 6-2) to reach the final at Queen's, where he will face the United States' James Blake after Andy Roddick pulled out with an ankle injury, casting doubt over his presence at Wimbledon.

REUTERS - Andy Roddick's Wimbledon hopes were thrown into disarray on Saturday when he pulled out of the Queen's Club semi-finals against fellow American James Blake with a right ankle injury.
 
The American sprained his ankle at the end of the third game and carried on until 4-4 before shaking his head and informing the umpire that he was unable to continue.
 
Blake will face Britain's Andy Murray in the final.
 
Roddick, four times a champion at Queen's Club, was chasing down a Blake lob and attempted to hit the ball between his legs.
 
He laughed when the attempt did not work but absent-mindedly continued to walk towards the back of the court and sprained his ankle between the border of the grass surface and the concrete surround.
 
The American winced in pain and then tested his ankle by doing a few jumps before opting to resume the match.
 
After Blake held for a 4-3 lead, Roddick took a medical time out to have the ankle strapped but he continued to shake his head as he put his shoes back on.
 
The 26-year-old held his serve in the next game before finally throwing in the towel.
 
Wimbledon starts on June 22 and Roddick had looked to be in good form heading into the tournament.

Date created : 2009-06-13

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