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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Videos: London 2012 Interviews with Hewitt, Tsonga, Cilic and Dodig

Videos: London 2012 Interviews with Hewitt, Tsonga, Cilic and Dodig

Four-time former champion Lleyton Hewitt reflects on his favourite memories at the AEGON Championships and dicusses the strength at the top of the men's game.

Monday, June 11, 2012

ATP London Order of Play | Tuesday 12 June 2012

ATP London Order of Play | Tuesday 12 June 2012

ATP World Tour 250 € 625,300
London, Great Britain (+1 hour GMT)
11-17 June, 2012 Surface: Grass


CENTRE start 12:30 pm
[9] K Anderson (RSA) vs [WC] J Ward (GBR)
[16] I Karlovic (CRO) vs [WC] L Hewitt (AUS)
F Gil (POR) vs [11] M Baghdatis (CYP)
[10] D Nalbandian (ARG) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
M Baghdatis (CYP) / J Murray (GBR) vs S Bolelli (ITA) / G Muller (LUX)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs N Mahut (FRA)
[WC] L Broady (GBR) vs [14] G Muller (LUX)
S Bolelli (ITA) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
L Rosol (CZE) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
[WC] L Hewitt (AUS) / A Roddick (USA) vs Y Lu (TPE) / S Querrey (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[WC] J Baker (GBR) vs [WC] O Golding (GBR)
D Tursunov (RUS) vs [LL] R Sweeting (USA)
S Querrey (USA) vs O Rochus (BEL)
F Dancevic (CAN) vs I Dodig (CRO)
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs [Alt] S Darcis (BEL) / O Rochus (BEL)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

AEGON Championships Order of Play | Monday, June 11, 2012

AEGON Championships Order of Play | Monday, June 11, 2012

AEGON Championships
London, Great Britain - 11.06.2012-17.06.2012
Surface: Grass
Prize Money: €625,300
Total Financial Commitment: €711,550

Monday, June 11, 2012

Centre Start 12:30 pm

[10] David Nalbandian (ARG) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
[16] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v [WC] Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Frederico Gil (POR) v [11] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
[9] Kevin Anderson (RSA) v [WC] James Ward (GBR)
Jonathan Erlich (ISR) /Andy Ram (ISR) v Marin Cilic (CRO)/Lovro Zovko (CRO)

Court 1 Start 12:30 pm

Simone Bolelli (ITA) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
[WC] Liam Broady (GBR) v [14] Gilles Muller (LUX)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)v Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Sam Querrey (USA) v Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Mikhail Elgin (RUS) /Denis Istomin (UZB) v Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)/James Cerretani (USA)

Court 2 Start 11:30 am

[15] Go Soeda (JPN) v Bjorn Phau (GER)
Malek Jaziri (TUN) v [Q] Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
[WC] Jamie Baker (GBR) v [WC] Oliver Golding (GBR)
Not Before 5:00 PM
David Marrero (ESP) / Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) v Xavier Malisse (BEL)/Dick Norman (BEL)

Court 9 Start 11:30 am

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) v [Q] Evgeny Korolev (KAZ)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Victor Hanescu (ROU)
[Q] Bobby Reynolds (USA) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

2012 London Main Draw | AEGON Championships

2012 London Main Draw | AEGON Championships

1 Murray v BYE
Garcia-Lopez v Mahut
Q v Dimitrov
wc Broady v 14 Muller

9 Anderson v wc Ward
Cipolla v Stakhovsky
Ramirez Hidalgo v Darcis
BYE v 5 Lopez

4 Simon v BYE
Bolelli v Gulbis
Ungur v Malisse
Klizan v 13 Bogomolov Jr.

10 Nalbandian v Pospisil
Jaziri v L.Mayer
Roger-Vasselin v Q
BYE v 7 Roddick

6 Cilic v BYE
Ebden v Bachinger
Rosol v Hanescu
Gil v 11 Baghdatis

16 Karlovic v wc Hewitt
Lu v Kunitsyn
Tursunov v Q
BYE v 3 Tipsarevic

8 Benneteau v BYE
Lorenzi v Ito
Querrey v Rochus
Q v 12 Istomin

15 Soeda v Phau
Dancevic v Dodig
wc Baker v wc Golding
BYE v 2 Tsonga

2012 London Qualy Draw | AEGON Championships

2012 London Qualy Draw | AEGON Championships





Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tsonga to play AEGON Championships 2012

Tsonga to play AEGON Championships 2012

Jo Wilfried Tsonga will play at the AEGON Championships to be played on June 11th to 17th, 2012.

Tsonga lost to Andy Murray at The Queen’s Club last year final.

“I had an incredible year in 2011, and it all started there (at the AEGON Championships),” said Tsonga. “For me it is really nice, the organisers are very friendly with me, I like the crowd, and it was a really good atmosphere in the final. I beat Lleyton Hewitt there in 2007 to get into the Top 100 for the first time and that's where I started to do my celebration like this (he demonstrates his jumping celebration with two thumbs pointing to his back).”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Andy Murray London Final Interview June 13th 2011

Andy Murray London Final Interview June 13th 2011

A. MURRAY/J. Tsonga 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

Q. Was there a point where you thought, Am I ever going to break this bloke's bloody serve?
ANDY MURRAY: I think I did a good job today of staying calm. I had a lot of chances on his serve. I could have returned his second serve a little bit better.
But, like you said, it's very - what's the word - he mixes it up a lot, changes the pace of it. Some of them he's serving like 130 miles an hour. His second was actually kicking quite a lot when he slowed it down. Serve and volleyed quite a few times behind his second, which worked well for him.
But I did a good job of hanging in. I was having a lot of the chances, wasn't getting there. Played a really good tiebreak. I think I played better than him in the third set. But first two sets, he was playing very well.

Q. The two trick shots sort of pissed him off. Does it show your confidence trying to do that stuff?
ANDY MURRAY: It was frustrating for me when he was hitting, you know, dive volleys. He hit probably 10 maybe during the match. Made a lot of them.
Yeah, the first one that I hit was just one of those things, just a reaction. The second one, had a bit more time to think about. But I enjoyed hitting them. It's good fun.
I was the one that was more frustrated than him in the first two sets because he was coming up with some unbelievable shots, a lot of net cords as well on big points, too. It was a very up-and-down match emotionally.

Q. A match like this, does it kind of show the touch you're in, the confidence you have at the moment?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, you don't get a chance to do that very often. Yeah, it just came off. Sometimes they happen at big points. You know, guys have hit through-the-leg shot winners on huge points. Sometimes it is just reaction. I was up 40-Love on the game. Probably wouldn't have gone for it if it was 30-All.
But, yeah, I felt comfortable on the court once I got ahead in the match. It was nice to just sort of let off a little bit of - I don't know what it was - but let something off hitting that shot because I had been behind for 90% of the match.

Q. Would you try it at Wimbledon?
ANDY MURRAY: If it works, I'll try it anywhere. It's not something you think about too much. Guys sometimes hit through-the-leg shots at completely the wrong times. Sometimes guys hit them at the right time. It just depends what's going on in your head. I felt like trying to do it, and I did it.

Q. People started queueing for this match at 2:00 in the morning. What do you think it says about the popularity of tennis, perhaps you as well?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, it was amazing. You never know how busy it's going to be when something like that happens. Also because of the decision to call it off was late yesterday, you don't know how many people are going to hear about it. I think 7,000 the stadium is. I mean, it was packed when I came in this morning in the back door. The queues were so long. I think it's great.
I think tennis - I said at the French Open - is in a great place right now. A lot of exciting players. Jo is obviously one of them. Yeah, you've got some of the greatest players that have ever played, too. A lot of good sportsmanship, great athleticism. It's fun to watch.

Q. You had to hang in there, work your way back into the game.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he had many sort of small opportunities, 15-30s, on my serve. I was getting more sort of the Love-30s, 15-40s, creating more breakpoints. Yeah, that's one of the things that was good to see, especially on a surface like this, to have patience. You don't normally get too many opportunities.
When I did today, like I say, I played a couple of bad points, but he came up with some great shots. I managed to hang in. That was probably the most pleasing thing about the match 'cause those ones can be quite easy to get away from you when you're having all the opportunities and not quite taking them.

Q. A week ago, how close were you to pulling out?
ANDY MURRAY: I was very close after the first match because I was feeling my ankle. I didn't feel that comfortable on the court. Spoke to the guys. Went to see the doctor. Spoke to my physio a lot. The best thing for my ankle would have been to take the week off in terms of getting it better. Also you have to look at Wimbledon as well in terms of what the best preparation for it would be.
Obviously now I have four matches here. Maybe got lucky a little bit with a couple of days off to rest in between. It worked out well. The last two tournaments have been very difficult for me in terms of the things that I've had to go through since Monte-Carlo with the elbow thing. It's the first time I had an injection. I went on the court when I maybe didn't need to. The French Open, I came back when I was behind two sets to love with the ankle problem. Here, as well, went on to win the tournament.
I've experienced a lot the last few months. Speaking to Darren, speaking to Danny, you get rewarded for that if you go on the court and fight and give it a go even when you're not feeling your best. I've done well.

Q. On court, you said it was one of the most fun weeks of your career. Why was that?
ANDY MURRAY: It's been one of the most fun weeks for me because the tennis, the last two matches was very good. And, yeah, it was relaxing. I said everyone thinks at this period of the year it's so stressful, you can't play, you can't enjoy yourself, you can't do anything.
But I felt like I expressed myself on the court. I felt relaxed. I felt like I was hitting the ball really good. I enjoyed it. It was fun. Even though there were rain delays, days off, guys pulling out, the small problems that I had, but I just enjoyed the week and dealt with everything that was in front of me.

Q. Singing got any better?
ANDY MURRAY: My singing is awful, awful (laughter).

Q. You wouldn't have planned to play such an intense game in this week. How do you think it's affected your preparation?
ANDY MURRAY: I think today was great. I mean, I played for about two, two and a half hours, the match. It was high quality. Jo is one of the best grass court players in the world. So today I think was a better test than the match against Roddick. Because I likes I said, when I played against Roddick, it's not that hard to come through the match. But today, because Jo was playing very, very well, I was playing good, but I needed to improve at the end of the second set. I managed to do that. Yeah, it's been a great week.

Q. Have you got anything, maybe still wanting to do things differently in your mind, anything to try to maybe help you switch off this week? Are you going to be going go-karting again or maybe do something different?
ANDY MURRAY: I won't do different stuff than I normally do. I'll do the same things I do always. If I want to go go-karting, I'll do that. If I want to play on the PlayStation, I'll do that. The training and everything is the most important thing. I'll have to decide whether I play an exhibition match this week or not.
But I'll do all the same things that I always do. I think a lot of people might think, you come out to Wimbledon, you need to conserve energy, stay in your house, don't look at the papers, don't watch the TV. But it's just not normal. You have to prepare exactly how you would for everything else. That's what I'm going to do.

Q. Back to previous years, have you noticed a significant increase in the spotlight? There's no World Cup or European Championships.
ANDY MURRAY: It's just the same. I don't focus on how much I'm in the papers or how much I'm on the TV or how much tennis is getting covered or whatever. You just do the same things.
I don't focus on it really. Like I say, you do your normal things. There's a paper there, I want to do a crossword in the paper, open it up. If there's an article about me, I'll have a little read, smile, and then I'll do the crossword or whatever you normally do (laughter).
Whether there's a World Cup on or not, if there was a World Cup on, I would watch it, like I watched England/Spain last night in the under 21s. Watched a bit of that. Just do the normal stuff.

Q. Slightly different this coming week. You would have had it planned ahead, you've been managing an injury, you want to get through and get a trophy despite the injury. Isn't it going to change exactly what you want to try to do in terms of work?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it's been a very good couple of weeks. I mean, like I just got out of the gym now doing all the like ankle stuff, strengthening work, doing some balance work. That's the stuff that I'm going to do in the buildup to Wimbledon.
Now, like, you know, it's one of those things that you either rest and do nothing or you work through that, try and strengthen the area, go through the little pain that I have left. That's what I'll do this week.
But preparation, obviously because of the rain and stuff, it changed. I had big plans for go-karting this afternoon, which has been canceled unfortunately (laughter). And, yeah, I'll speak to the guys this evening about what I want to do the next few days.
Normally I take one day off, either the Friday or Saturday before a slam, just to let everything recover. I'll talk about that tonight.

Q. Talk about the sensation of winning that trophy again.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it's great. I thought today was a really good atmosphere. Yeah, I mean, when you look at the names of the people on the trophy, it's not an easy tournament to win. You normally have for a tournament of this size, probably the strongest on the tour, I would have said. So, yeah, it means a lot.
Like I say, I enjoyed the week. Glad to have won it for the second time. It's always been great preparation for guys going into Wimbledon. If you do well here, it shows you're playing good tennis on the grass. Need to keep that up.

Q. Winning twice, what does that mean?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, like I say, it's not an easy thing to do. Yeah, I mean, I don't think about that stuff too much. But, you know, you realize like when it is that long, it's a nice thing to be able to do and say that you've done it, been the first person to do it for a long time.
It's not something you focus on too much.

Q. You might not have heard about the other record. Does that come into your mind now?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I'm going to Wimbledon with the feeling that I'm going to win the tournament. I don't think you can go in with any other attitude. I feel like I'm playing good tennis. I'll need to improve the next week or so and work on some things going into Wimbledon.
But I need to play my best tennis throughout the tournament to be able to do that. I'll be switched on for the first match. Really look forward to the next five or six days to get ready for it 'cause for me it's one of the most important tournaments of the year, if not the most.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

Tsonga London Final Interview - June 13th 2011

Tsonga London Final Interview - June 13th 2011

A. MURRAY/J. Tsonga 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

Q. You played so well. How disappointing was it to lose to Andy today?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: I was disappointed that I lost today, not because I lost against Andy, but because I lost a final.
It's all the time difficult when you have this run in the tournament, and just the last step you miss. But, you know, I feel good. I hope I will play well in the future.

Q. You've had a great week here, beat Rafael Nadal. Terrific going into Wimbledon.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, that's great to go to Wimbledon. I play well on this surface. I hope I will have a good tournament there.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Andy Murray wins London title at Queen's Club

Andy Murray wins London title at Queen's Club

Andy Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 to win the 2011 AEGON Championship title at Queen’s Club.

Both players were evenly matched and showed great athleticism, with Murray’s speed matched by Tsonga’s greater willingness to come to the net.

Tsonga held off a break point at 1-1 when a dropshot clipped the net and fell in his favor. He then broke at love to lead 4-2 and fought off two more break points as he served out the set.

In the second set, Tsonga survived four break points with Murray leading 4-3 and the Scott held off two break points at 5-5, before the Scot swept the last five points of the tiebreaker.

Murray earned the only break in the third set, taking a 3-2 lead when Tsonga sent a forehand wide.

“It was an unbelievable week for me,” Murray said. “I started off not playing great but managed to find my way through, and the last two matches were so much fun.”

As for his next big challenge, Murray said: “I really look forward to Wimbledon. It’s been great preparation this week and I’ll work hard the next five or six days to get ready.”

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Andy Murray played table tennis with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga as rain delayed play on day seven of the AEGON Championships at Queens Club in London, England.

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

Photos: Murray and Tsonga playing table tennis in London

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Andy Murray London Interview Semifinal June 11th 2011

Andy Murray London Interview Semifinal June 11th 2011

A. MURRAY/A. Roddick 6-3, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You controlled the match really from start to finish. You must be thrilled with that.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I played really well. Yeah, the start is very important against Andy, because he obviously serves very well and can put a lot of pressure on you if he can sort of get through quite a few easy service games. Obviously I got the break straightaway and I played very well.

Q. Did it feel like a day when you could do virtually nothing wrong?
ANDY MURRAY: Oh, I mean, towards the end of the match -- I mean, when you have two breaks, you know, especially on this surface, it's a lot easier to go for shots and try things out. And when I was trying sort of different shots, all of them were going in.
No, I mean, the first set, I mean, it was for me -- you know, it was one break, pretty competitive. There was quite a bit of long rallies, but I managed to win a lot of them.
I came up with a lot of really good passing shots, which, you know, on another day you're not going to make every single one. Today was just one of those days where everything went right.

Q. That must give you an enormous kind of sense of where your game is with Wimbledon on the horizon, the quality of your tennis today, the sublime way that you dealt with a very, very highly qualified grass court opponent?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Well, it was always going to be -- I was expecting, going in, it was always going to be a good match and a good test to sort of see where my game's at and know that I'm obviously playing well on this surface. I'm moving well. Ankle's feeling good. I served well.
Yeah, there's a few things that I'll just need to sort of top up on, make sure I do well in the week before Wimbledon. But, I mean, the week's been pretty much perfect so far. Came through a tough first two matches, and then today was, you know, a real test against someone that I might have to play if I want to go all the way at Wimbledon. Played great.

Q. You had a day off yesterday. Was the ankle already fine, or...
ANDY MURRAY: The ankle felt fine, but I don't know if it did help. I obviously played very well today, but I don't think it was to do with the day off. It was -- I sort of practiced for like 25 minutes indoors yesterday, and then I went outdoors for 20 minutes and it started raining, and then I went back indoors. It wasn't exactly ideal grass court practice yesterday.
But, you know, just to able to get out of the club sort at a decent time was nice, because like at the French Open I spent so much time at the courts getting treatment, seeing physios. It was obviously a long couple of weeks there, and obviously the first few days here because of the rain and stuff. It was quite a lot of hanging around, so it was quite nice to get out of here early yesterday.

Q. You said on the court, I just got lucky. Are you doing yourself a bit of a disservice there?
ANDY MURRAY: No. The thing is it was one of those days where everything is just sort of going your way. It's not -- you know, like if there was a net cord, it would have gone my way today. If he hit a good shot, it would miss by just a little bit. Everything I was trying, every passing shot I hit was always in the right spot. I hardly gave him a chance on anything.
Sometimes against Andy you guess on the serves. I guessed right every single time today. I don't really remember him acing me hardly in the match. I was just seeing the ball really early, and it's difficult to do that every single day.
So it was a little bit of luck involved, but it's taken many years of practice to be able to play like that. (Smiling.)

Q. Is he one of the players you enjoy playing against because he's always such a great matchup?
ANDY MURRAY: I enjoy playing against him. You know, I think it's a tough matchup for me, you know, but he's very competitive. That's why I always enjoy playing him, because he is one of the most competitive guys on the tour. It's always good, long rallies. Today was just my day.

Q. When you went on court you looked calm. You stayed calm the whole time. Do you know before you go on court how you're going to feel? Can you feel inside that everything was serene and lovely today?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I mean, I think sort of this week -- it can feel like that at Queen's because it's not so much pressure on you here. The pressure will start in about eight days' time. (Smiling.)
So you just have to enjoy it, realize the goal here is to win matches, to get, you know, as many sort of matches on the surface before Wimbledon.
Yeah, just felt nice and calmed. Didn't get flustered and played really good.

Q. When Darren comes in presumably this week to work with you, is one of the things with a man who has taken people to Grand Slams be to manage your expectations, knowing the expectation of the country will be carried by you again over the next three weeks? Is that something that he's important to you in that sense?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, I think -- I mean, obviously he has a lot of experience dealing with guys that are going into slams with a chance to win. So if it's something I feel like I need to speak to him about, then I'll talk to him about it.
But, no, I mean, like even during the French Open if I spoke to him, you know, he's very much of the opinion that you're there to win the event. That's how you go into it, with that mentality. You don't get carried away with playing -- like a match today, I played great tennis, but, you know, not to get carried away. If you play great in the second round, it doesn't mean all of a sudden you're going to win the tournament. You just have to make sure every day you're switched on.
Yeah, you have to take a businesslike approach to every single match. Yeah, it's boring, but you've got to take it one step at a time, and that's what I'll do at Wimbledon.

Q. Before Wimbledon what sort of message do you think this kind of performance sends out?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, to myself it just sends out -- well, it gives me the message that I'm in a good place now. I'm playing well. I struggled at times this year, and I feel like now I'm playing really good tennis again.
Physically I feel good, which is important. My game's where it needs to be right now. That's all you can ask for. Regardless of how the match goes tomorrow, it's been the perfect week in many ways, and I'll use the next sort of five, six days to really work hard, get myself mentally and physically ready for Wimbledon.

Q. It's looking more and more like Tsonga the way things are going. You have a good record against him.
ANDY MURRAY: Again, I enjoy playing against him. He's a great athlete. He's similar in a few ways to Andy.
You know, he's very flashy, great shot maker, can be a little bit erratic at times, but he's one of the best grass court players in the world, for sure.

Q. You have a week before Wimbledon, but how much would it mean to actually win the tournament, win another title tomorrow? How much are you focused on that?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it would be nice. I mean, like I say, it wasn't the priority coming into the tournament. It will be come Wimbledon.
But yeah. I mean, winning in any sport is good, you know. It gives you confidence. Winning titles is something that you look back on at the end of your career and remember. So obviously I'm going to try and win.

Q. You seemed very relaxed this week. Now, obviously a lot of that has been at home, sleeping in your own bed, being around, friends around. Can you give us a clue what you've been doing to chill out, what you've been watching on the telly, what sport you've been watching?
ANDY MURRAY: Yesterday I watched the Comedy Gala. It was on quite late, around 10:00 last night. I watched that. Watched a little bit of The Apprentice.
And then, yeah, I've watched quite a few of the matches, a little bit of James Ward's match last night.
I spent a lot of time with the dogs at home and that's it, just what everyone else does in day-to-day life. I haven't been to do the groceries yet. My girlfriend did that this week, so I'm sure next week it will be my job. (Laughter.)

Q. Have you been practicing your Go-Kart racing this week?
ANDY MURRAY: I haven't, but I'm really looking forward to that. Maybe tomorrow I'll take it easy on the court so that I'm fresh for that.

Q. You haven't been with Darren for that long a period, but how have you found working with him? Where would you rate him among the world's best coaches?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I think he's a great coach. You know, like you say, I haven't spent much time with him, but just his approach to the team and the sort of role that he would play I think has been exceptional.
He doesn't have a big ego at all, which I think can happen a lot with ex-players that have been successful coaches. You know, he's very calm, but he has strong opinions. I think he explains things very, very well. He listens very well, which I think is one of the most important things for a coach to do.
I've learned from him in the brief time we've spent together, and I'm sure he can give me a lot more advice and help me a lot. I spoke to him for a good 15, 20 minutes last night about how I have been feeling about the match today. He's a very good coach, nice guy. I enjoy working with him.

Q. Which day does he get here?
ANDY MURRAY: I think he gets -- he's here for Monday. I don't know when he leaves or if he gets in Sunday, but he'll be there on Monday.

Q. Has he worked on your serve at all? It was pretty special today.
ANDY MURRAY: No, we haven't worked on it too much, but I think it's -- the thing is when you come onto the grass, it's sort of -- the way you approach the serve changes a little bit, because on the clay, if you miss your first serve, second serve is a lot easier for guys to attack. You have to use the first serve a lot to get a higher percentage in to sort of build the point up a little bit.
You still want to get free points off it, as well. But here, you know, I want to go for my first serve. I don't want to think about, oh, I don't want to miss it, or, you know, I'm going for aces every time I throw up for the first serve. That's a good attitude on the grass.

Q. Can you comment on James Ward sort of being in the spotlight?
ANDY MURRAY: I have seen him obviously around. I haven't spoken to him too much. I've seen him a lot of times sort of as I have been going on court just as he's been coming off or the other way around.
I was getting a little bit jealous of all the attention he was getting. I had to put in a good performance today to try and get some of the spotlight back. (Laughter.)
It's been great for him obviously to, you know, to get this far in an ATP tournament, and I think the big test for him will be after the grass court period is finished to make sure he pushes on from this, because he showed he can play against some of the best players in the world. But when the grass court season finishes is when, you know, it will be down to him to put in the hard work and push himself up the rankings.

Q. Is it a refreshing change for you to have the spotlight taken away for a few days? Does that make life a little bit easier? Obviously most of the time all eyes are on you, particularly when the grass court season starts here.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it does change things a little bit. But, you know, I'm sure over the next sort of four or five days, you know, the spotlight will be back on me going into Wimbledon.
But it's good for British tennis every time, you know, someone's doing well, and, you know, it would be nice to have someone else. The girls have been doing well. We've got a few young ones coming up.
Yeah, I think the British tennis is in a good place right now in the women's side. I think on the men's side I think it would be nice if someone like James could push on and get his ranking higher and be competing in these events more often.

Q. He's 4-2-up, so just in case the miracle happens, did you ever think in your lifetime there'd be a possibility of playing a final against a Brit, and if it did happen in this tournament?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I didn't think -- I mean, well, right now it wasn't something I would have expected going into the grass court tournament. But we've always had good juniors. So you never know, you know, what was going to happen, but that would be pretty amazing if he managed to come through that match.
I watched a little bit of the start. He looked a little bit nervous but played a little bit better towards the end of the first set. And if he could come through, it would be -- yeah, it would be amazing, yeah.

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Tsonga AEGON Championships Interview - Semifinal June 11th 2011

Tsonga AEGON Championships Interview - Semifinal June 11th 2011

J. TSONGA/J. Ward 6-3, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How would you rate your own performance out there this afternoon?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: What I can say? Just, I won. I won. It was not the best match I did, but anyway, it was semifinal and you have to win this match, you know.
I don't care about my level today, because the most important was to win. I did it. I'm in the final. That's it.
Tomorrow I will play, you know, really relaxed, because I will play against Andy Murray. For the moment he's better than me, so I have nothing to lose.
He's a fantastic player on grass court, so I will see tomorrow, but tomorrow I think I will play better, anyway.

Q. How threatened did you feel towards the end of that second set? Was there any point where you thought that you might lose it?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Not lose it, because -- anyway, I was confident. But of course, you know, sometimes you play and the ball don't go where you want, and the player in front of you play well, take his chance, and today he did it.
I think he was a bit tired, so today was just good to win.

Q. How do you rate James Ward? Do you think he put in a good performance?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: No, today he didn't play his best tennis, of course. But the crowd was behind him, and he did everything to win. But I think he can play -- he can play better.

Q. Obviously you had the crowd against you today. You will probably have the crowd against you again tomorrow because you'll be facing another British player. How do you feel about that?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: You know, I feel good because I know they like me. They like my game.
So, you know, this is sports. Sometimes you play in a country, and you play against the countryman and the crowd is behind the other player. This is sports. I accept that.
Of course I will play my best tennis. I will try to play my best tennis to win tomorrow, anyway.

Q. How excited are you to be in the final here kind of ahead of Wimbledon?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Really excited, because it's the second final for me this year. I didn't play really well these last months, and I'm waiting for a title. So I will try tomorrow to get this one.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your preparations for Wimbledon? After tomorrow, how will you go about preparing?

Q. For your training for Wimbledon. Will you stay in London?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: No, I will go to Eastbourne. I need to play. Last year I didn't play enough, and I need to play to improve my game and to feel confident, win some matches. Yeah.

Q. We know that through your career you have had a lot of problems with injuries. How are you at the moment? Are you fully fit? Have you any problems?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: No, today I'm fit. I'm fit. I don't have any problems. I think this is the difference between me one year ago and me now.
I feel I have no problem. I can jump on the court, I run, slide, can do everything. So I'm ready to play tennis.

Q. Can you explain the importance of Wimbledon for a French player who comes over straight after the French Open? What does it mean to you?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: What it mean for me?
First a Grand Slam, one of the majors, it's one of my favorite tournaments. The atmosphere in Wimbledon is just incredible, and I like this tournament. I like this surface. I like people here. I like the town. I like everything. Yeah.

Q. If a French player was to break through and win Wimbledon, who would it be?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: I hope me. (Smiling.)
But I hope it will happen in the future, anyway, even if it's not me.

Q. Are you still without a coach?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: I'm still without a coach.

Q. How is that working out for you?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Not really good. (Laughter.)

Q. Are you trying to find a coach then?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Not for the moment. For the moment I'm waiting. You know, I feel good like this. I improve my game. I have no reason to change.
But anyway, when I will feel the -- how you say, necessary? The need. When I feel the need, I will try to find somebody, of course.

Q. Andy works with the adidas coaching staff.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, I work with them a bit. But it's not something -- how you say that? They just give me some advice for the moment. But, yeah, for the moment that's it. Maybe after it will be more. I don't know.

Q. Have you worked with Darren Cahill yet? Andy has benefited a lot.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Not for the moment. I tell you I just -- they just give me some advice for the moment. We try to find a way to work a bit together maybe, but for the moment there is nothing sure, you know. But anyway, they are good coach. Yeah.

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Andy Roddick London 2011 Semifinal Interview - June 11th

Andy Roddick London 2011 Semifinal Interview - June 11th

A. MURRAY/A. Roddick 6-3, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Is that the best he's played against you?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, yeah, yeah. I mean, he played great. I felt like I hit the ball well. My serve -- I have my serving stats. I haven't seen it, but I had to be close to 70%.
I remember missing one second-serve return. I felt like I missed a bunch of chips and stuff by an inch or two.
It certainly does nothing to my confidence level going into Wimbledon. I mean, I just thought he played too good today. Everything he touched turned to gold. Yeah, it's just -- he was too good for me today.

Q. When someone is playing like that, do you just get a feeling halfway through that there's nothing you can really do?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean -- yeah. You also say, Okay, you're halfway through, but if he's going to do this, let's make him finish it out like that.
You know, we have seen a million times guys start off hot. It's tougher when the top guys do it. They have more substance behind it. But you just stick it out. I mixed it up. I tried going in at different sides. You try different things.
He was too solid today. He just played better than I did.

Q. What has he particularly improved the last two years, would you say, in his game?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, let's calm down. He won two years ago before I played him. You guys were having the same exact article you're gonna write tomorrow.
Let's not act like -- he played great today. He played great today. He played really well.
He played a lot better today than when we played two years ago, but, you know, let's not act like it's, you know, a completely night-and-day type thing. The guy was still 3 in the world two years ago.

Q. Is the court the same as it was two years ago? It just didn't seem the pace...
ANDY RODDICK: I thought it was actually quicker today, to be honest. He's one of the best in the world taking and controlling paces. He's very good at, you know, slow, slow, slow, and then he's able to strike. And he had -- he had really good ball control today. I felt like he was working it wherever he wanted to.
Like I said, I felt like I played fine. I felt like I hit the ball fine. Yeah, he played really well today.

Q. If or when Andy Murray wins a Grand Slam, where do you think it will be?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. Guys, I'm not in the business of predictions. That's you guys. I don't -- it just didn't -- I don't know. I feel like I'm cheating the process if I start throwing out stuff like that.

Q. Can you confirm what you said in the last game to the crowd? Was it "Keep it social"?
ANDY RODDICK: It was. Good ears.

Q. Would you say that grass is as good as -- if you're playing him, grass is as tough a surface as any to play him on?
ANDY RODDICK: Guys, he's made two finals in Australia on a hard court. I know you guys are looking for an angle here. He played great today. That's what I can comment on.
As far as comparing percentages between a hard court and a grass court and if and when and how, I don't know. He played great today.

Q. What did you get out of the week yourself?
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, it's night and day I think coming in and leaving. I felt really good when I got here, but after having not, you know, played/played well for two months or so, getting that to translate wasn't always an easy thing.
I thought I played well. Got four matches, which is really important, and I feel -- I feel prepared going into the practice week for Wimbledon, so it was a good week for me.

Q. Lendl got to a point in his career where he didn't play the French because he wanted to really be up for Wimbledon. Can you see where he was coming from and could that ever be you?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I don't think so. I think his was a little different. I think that was the one that he hadn't won. I certainly have options. (Laughter.)
You know, I don't think that's the case. For me, not playing the French this year was -- it was a matter of priority. You know, I said, Okay. Am I going to take a six-day, seven-day injury and turn it into potentially six to seven weeks with Wimbledon around the corner, with Davis Cup against Spain in my home town, which I tried really hard to get? I want to make sure I'm 100% healthy for those. What's my best chance of being healthy for those?
I think I made the right decision. Obviously it's tough when something's got to give and you don't want it to, but that was my reasoning. I don't think I was along the lines of Lendl in my decision-making there.

Q. Andy said yesterday he thought grass was your best surface. Do you agree with that, or do you prefer hard?
ANDY RODDICK: I like both. I think grass is my favorite surface just because we never get to play on it. So I really, you know, enjoy when we do. I enjoy the city that the grass courts are in.
You know, I think all that makes it probably one of my favorite months of the year being over here. But, you know, I feel comfortable on a hard court, as well.

Q. You have a lot of support out there, as you always do because you're a big favorite here. When you play him on a court there, when you play him at Wimbledon, do you get the sense that he has yet caught the British imagination in the way that Henman did? Or is that...
ANDY RODDICK: You guys gave Henman a hard time up until he was three years retired. You're forgetting you're trying to tell me a story, but I was actually there for the Henman years.

Q. I'm talking about the public, not us.
ANDY RODDICK: You guys are kind of the connection between this room and the public. I mean, you know, a lot of times you guys help form the opinions, you know. You know, I certainly look out on Henman Hill when he was playing, when Murray was playing, and there's great support.
I mean, there is certainly a hunger for a Wimbledon title here. It's amazing how when it comes to quarters and semis how he captures the imagination more and more and more.
He's quite a talent.

Q. What about yourself? Would you...
ANDY RODDICK: I'm quite a talent, too. (Laughter.)

Q. Do you feel that there are quite I few things you still need to work on, or is it just a matter of touching up and fine-tuning?
ANDY RODDICK: I think fine-tuning more so than inventing the wheel next week. Again, I think he did a lot right today. I don't think I did a whole lot wrong. Maybe just execution on a couple balls, but I can think of two or three maybe, you know, so I feel good going into the off week.

Q. At this stage in your career, what's the difference going into a tournament like Wimbledon as one of the seeds outside of the top 4? Does that affect your mentality at all?
ANDY RODDICK: More counting? Counting to 4 is easier than counting to 8 or 9?
I'm not sure. For me, it's similar. I mean, there is more of you here talking -- or there's less of you here talking. I might not get called for a pre- Wimbledon press conference this year.
You know, stuff like that. But nothing that really matters once I think you get inside the lines too much.

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James Ward Queen's Semifinal Interview - June 11th 2011

James Ward Queen's Semifinal Interview - June 11th 2011

J. TSONGA/J. Ward 6-3, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What sort of feeling have you got? Is it satisfaction of having got this far or deflation of not going a bit further?
JAMES WARD: Obviously a little bit disappointed, you know. It's not nice to lose any time. Doesn't matter if it's to a top player or not so highly ranked.
Obviously it's been a great week for me, and I hope to push on from here and look forward to playing Eastbourne next week.

Q. The draw is already out for next week and you have Tipsarevic. How difficult is it to switch immediately into getting up and going again?
JAMES WARD: Not really, because it's only a couple of days I think before I play again. Hopefully I can play Tuesday. Gives me time to get to Eastbourne and practice there and get used to it.
No, I just look forward to playing.

Q. Presumably that's what you want to be doing week in and week out?
JAMES WARD: Yeah, of course. Who doesn't, you know? Every player wants the same thing. That's why it's so tough to get to the top.

Q. How close were you to pulling it off today in that second set, do you think?
JAMES WARD: I had set point, so I think quite close. But he's where he is for a reason. He has a big second serve. It was a risk. He took the risk and it came off for him. I didn't expect that and it was just too good from him today.

Q. The crowd really got behind you this week. Can you talk about your entire experience through the week?
JAMES WARD: It's been amazing. It's been great. It's been great to have all the fans cheering for me this week. Obviously being at home in London you'd expect some good support.
It was nice that it came it. You know, it wasn't just today on center. It was when I was playing on the outside courts as well. It was nice for everyone to get behind me.

Q. After a week like this, do you not only feel physically tired by mentally tired, as well?
JAMES WARD: A little bit. Obviously I'm not used to playing semifinals of an ATP. It will take a little while to sink in, you know, but it's also good that I don't have too much time before I play again against Tipsarevic in Eastbourne, so just try and keep the roll going.

Q. Have you looked more long term than the grass? I mean, everyone says he's got to follow this up. Where do you intend to follow it up after Davis Cup?
JAMES WARD: I don't know the calendar yet until after Davis Cup. I have only sort of planned until then.
It just depends. Depends on my ranking. A lot can change. If my ranking goes up I will start to play different tournaments. Obviously with my confidence, how it is at the moment, maybe start to play some of the bigger tournaments every week. It's where the bigger points are, and now I know that I can do it.

Q. Is there anything in your game that -- these last few days you served really, really well. Are there any areas you feel you still really need to step up on?
JAMES WARD: Obviously I've improved my serve a lot, even recently.
Improvements? I think everything can improve. You know, even the serve can improve today. At crucial times you need to be putting in first serves and sometimes it didn't happen. It's very small margins against top players, so obviously you keep working hard and I move on to the next week.

Q. You had the Prime Minister, David Cameron, here watching you this week. Have you had any messages or phone calls from any other...
JAMES WARD: No, I haven't; if I'm honest, no.

Q. You had a lot of friends and family here today?
JAMES WARD: Yeah, everyone was here. All the family got behind me and supported me. It was obviously nice what everyone else did, as well.

Q. And going to Wimbledon, as well?
JAMES WARD: Wimbledon is a bit more difficult than here. You never know. People here have been great. The tournament, the organization, everything's been unbelievable and looked after me very well. Hopefully the same at Wimbledon.

Q. You've got another week before, but are you going into Wimbledon with a little bit more expectation?
JAMES WARD: I don't know about expectation. My ranking is still going to go to about 175, I think. Realistically I really shouldn't be playing Wimbledon at that ranking.
It's obviously a bonus to be playing and get a wildcard there and just obviously concentrate on next week before I start thinking about Wimbledon.

Q. Do you think your life generally will change a lot, or will you just carry on as you have been improving?
JAMES WARD: Just keep my head down, keep things in perspective, you know. I've made one semifinal of an ATP. I haven't gone and won the Masters or won Wimbledon. I have to keep things in perspective. And I have good people around me, so I'm sure I won't get too carried away.

Q. How good do you think you could be?
JAMES WARD: Very good. (Smiling.)
Yeah, why not? You know, I beat top players this week. It wasn't expected, but I always knew I could do it. Sometimes it does take a little while to come out.
There are guys who stop playing their best tennis when they're 18, 19, 20, and there's other guys from 24, 25, 26. If you look at the average age in the top 100, it's around 26.
So I think it's different these days. You know, there are so many good players. Hopefully I can finish in the top 100 by the end of the year. It would be nice.

Q. Regarding Wimbledon, did you watch the Mahut/Isner match last year? When they went past the six hours you had previously played, what did you think?
JAMES WARD: Didn't bother me at all, if I'm honest. It was obviously a great match, but I didn't think about my match from before.

Q. Do you think you could have lasted 11 hours?
JAMES WARD: Well, 11 hours, maybe not, but it was spread over a few days. The points weren't exactly very long with those two serving. But obviously they both play great tennis. I think it was a bit of a one-off. It's not something that's going to happen again any time soon.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Queen's Men’s final postponed until Monday

Queen's Men’s final postponed until Monday

The final at Queen’s Club grasscourt tournament between Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was postponed until Monday because of heavy rain.

Murray is bidding to win the title for a second time following his triumph two years ago.
The Scott killed time by playing table tennis against Tsonga and exchanging banter with fellow players on his Twitter feed.

In one message to world number two Novak Djokovic, Murray suggested the Serb came to Queen’s for a sing-along with the American doubles duo Bob and Mike Bryan.

Djokovic replied: “Another idea: Go out on court with water polo caps and speedo’s…I will get a ball!”

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Murray vs Tsonga in Queen’s final

Murray vs Tsonga in Queen’s final

Andy Murray crushed Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-1 to reach the final at Queen’s Club where he will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a 6-3, 7-6 winner over Ward.

Murray produced a fine all-round display against an error-prone Roddick to win their semifinal in just 59 minutes.

“It was just one of those days,” Murray said. “I hardly missed a ball and that doesn’t happen too often on tour. Everything that touched my racquet was going in and it felt great out there.

“I got off to a good start. Andy’s one of the toughest guys on the tour to break, and I managed to get up an early break in both sets, which helped.”

Murray broke for a 2-0 lead when Roddick netted a backhand slice, and that was enough to decide the outcome of the opening set.

Roddick was broken at the start of the second set when he netted a forehand volley, and another error at net gave Murray a commanding 4-1 lead. Murray closed out the match with a fourth break when Roddick netted a weak backhand.

“He played great,” Roddick said. “I felt like I hit the ball well. I just thought he played too good today.

“I mixed it up. I tried going in at different sides. You try different things. He just played better than I did. Everything he touched turned to gold.”

“I think fine-tuning more so than inventing the wheel next week,” he said. “Again, I think he did a lot right today. I don’t think I did a whole lot wrong. Maybe just execution on a couple balls, so I feel good going into the off week.”

Tsonga broke to lead 2-0 against Ward and then held off two break points at 3-1 to take the opening set.

Ward broke for a lead 2-0 in the second but Tsonga broke back on his fourth break point at 4-2 down and took the tiebreaker on his second match point.

“I was a little bit worried in the second set,” Tsonga said. “He had one occasion to break me and I came back. It was fantastic to win in two sets because in the third set, with the crowd with him, it would be difficult.”

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Tsonga ousts Nadal in London

Tsonga ousts Nadal in London

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset Rafael Nadal 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals at Queen’s Club.

Tsonga fired 25 aces and kept Nadal off-balance with his powerful baseline game and net play.

Rain interrupted the match as it was just starting and Nadal remained on his chair for several minutes and then signed autographs before returning to the locker room.

Nadal saved a break point in the sixth game, and had three break points at 5-5 that was not able to convert. They reached the tie break where the Spaniard won the last five points to seal the set.

The pair exchanged breaks to start the second set but Tsonga broke again to lead 5-4 and served out the set.

In the third, the Frenchman broke for 1-0 and he dominated the remainder of the match.

“Probably after losing the second set mentally I lost my concentration,” Nadal said. “The negative thing is I lost. The positive thing is I have few days off and can stop a little bit mentally. I can be a little bit more relaxed, because every day I play with pressure.”

"I didn't play badly at the beginning," reflected Nadal. "He was serving really well. [In the] second set I had my chances, in my opinion. First game [of the third set] mentally [I was] a little bit tired. [I have played] a lot of matches in a row. And after that with the break in the third [set] it was a mountain for me to come back into the match.”

Tsonga will face British wild card James Ward, who came through a dramatic encounter with France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-7(14), 6-4 to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final.

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ATP London and Halle Friday Results June 10th 2011

ATP London and Halle Friday Results June 10th 2011

AEGON Championships
London, Great Britain

Singles – Quarter-finals
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 67(3) 64 61
[2] A Murray (GBR) d [8] M Cilic (CRO) W/O (ankle)
[3] A Roddick (USA) d [7] F Verdasco (ESP) 62 62
[WC] J Ward (GBR) d A Mannarino (FRA) 62 67(14) 64

Singles – Third Round
[WC] J Ward (GBR) d [13] S Querrey (USA) 36 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) d F Polasek (SVK) / I Zelenay (SVK) 64 64
[5] O Marach (AUT) / M Matkowski (POL) d K Anderson (RSA) / J Knowle (AUT) 67(5) 64 10-6

Doubles – Second Round
[7] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) 76(3) ret. (Nadal – fatigue)
J Del Potro (ARG) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [8] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 63 46 11-9


CENTRE start 1:15 pm
[3] A Roddick (USA) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [WC] J Ward (GBR)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) or J Del Potro (ARG) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs [5] O Marach (AUT) / M Matkowski (POL)
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) vs [7] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) or [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Del Potro (ARG) / R Stepanek (CZE)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
[7] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN)

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] T Berdych (CZE) d [5] V Troicki (SRB) 76(3) 61
[3] G Monfils (FRA) d [6] F Mayer (GER) 64 64
P Petzschner (GER) d [8] M Raonic (CAN) 63 67(6) 63
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d L Hewitt (AUS) 76(4) 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
R Haase (NED) / M Raonic (CAN) d [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) / P Luczak (AUS) 67(6) 76(4) 10-5

Murray vs Roddick reach Queen’s semifinals

Murray vs Roddick reach Queen’s semifinals

Andy Roddick beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-2 to reach the semifinal at the AEGON Championships in London.

Roddick will next face Andy Murray, who received a walkover from Marin Cilic because of an ankle injury.

After a first-round bye Roddick then came through a high-quality battle with Feliciano Lopez, dispatched Kevin Anderson with ease and on Friday proved a class above Verdasco whose trusty forehand misfired repeatedly.

“That’s my first rain delay out of the way,” said Roddick.

“I played (video game) Angry Birds,” Roddick fired back to laughs from the crowd before explaining that he had become fascinated with cult British group The Wurzels and their comic hit Combine Harvester.

The American can now look forward to the more serious business of a meeting with Murray, hoping for a repeat of their previous meeting when he rocked the Scot in the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2009 before losing to Roger Federer for the third time in the final.

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Videos: Nadal vs Stepanek Highlights - London 2011

Videos: Nadal vs Stepanek Highlights - London 2011

Watch the following video highlights from the match between Rafael Nadal and Radek Stepanek at the 2011 AEGON Championships in London.... Plus a post match interview with the world number 1...