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Murray marches on at Queen's Club

AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Queen's Club, London Date: Friday, 12 June Coverage: Live video on this website from 1230 BST, live coverage on BBC Two from 1300 BST. Andy Murray v Mardy Fish due to start at around 1400 BST

Andy Murray

Highlights - Murray beats Garcia-Lopez

British number one Andy Murray cruised into the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships with a 6-4 6-4 win over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Top seed Murray took just over an hour to dispose of the world number 52 and will next play Mardy Fish after the American beat Feliciano Lopez 6-1 6-4.

Andy Roddick beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) and now faces Ivo Karlovic in a repeat of the 2005 final.

James Blake and Juan Carlos Ferrero also reached the last eight.

"Once I got the break in the first set, I felt more comfortable and went for my shots a bit more," said Murray, who holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Fish, though the pair have never met on grass.

Andy Murray
Murray is in the hunt for a first grass-court title

"I feel good. You want to come away from these tournaments feeling like you hit the ball well and moved well. I've felt good in my first two matches and I hope to feel the same against Mardy.

"We know each other well and it will be a tough match. It's nice to have the whole crowd supporting you - it doesn't happen at too many tournaments. I expect a lot of myself and I'll try and do well over the next few weeks."

It was the first time Murray and Garcia-Lopez had met and the Spaniard gave the number one seed some awkward moments in the opening set.

Garcia-Lopez, 26, held serve to win the opening game but he was not able to build on his good start as a powerful Murray won the second game without conceding a point.

Murray's serve was troubling his opponent and at 136mph, the Scot was on top as he quickly restored parity at 2-2.

There was an anxious moment for the Spaniard when he slipped and fell awkwardly but he produced a fine forehand over the net to make it 15-all in the fifth game and went on to hold serve again.

World number three Murray made it 4-4 and then two unforced errors handed him the chance to break serve for the first time.

Although Garcia-Lopez managed to fight back and take the game to deuce, an over-hit return gave Murray the break he needed.

A return into the net gave the 22-year-old set point and a fabulous cross-court forehand ensured the Briton secured the set.

The second set began with Garcia-Lopez producing a fine back-hand down the line but the Scot, with his first serve causing his opponent no end of problems, quickly levelled the scores.

Murray counts on Wimbledon support

Garcia-Lopez hit back with a love game that kept him ahead but the Spaniard's resistance came to an end in the fifth game when Murray took a 0-40 lead courtesy of some wayward returns from his opponent.

The Scot broke to love and then built on his advantage with some ruthless first serves in the following game to go 4-2 in front without his opponent scoring.

Although Garcia-Lopez reduced the arrears in the following game, Murray went on to take a 5-3 lead and the Briton secured a place in the last eight for the second successive year with a thumping ace.

In the clash of two players who have each won Queen's on four occasions, Roddick continued his impressive recent form with victory over Hewitt.

It was a fine match but one which had a delayed start because of a bomb threat.

"A member of the public reported a bomb threat message found pinned to a wall just before the third match on Centre Court began. A full and immediate threat assessment was made and there was no intelligence to support the reported threat," Queen's Club chief executive Andrew Stewart said in a statement.

"The area of the stadium where the reported threat related to did not exist and the threat was deemed to be low risk.

"Play was delayed while the practiced routine search of the entire site was conducted and nothing was found."

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After waiting on court for some time before being given permission to warm up, both players looked on good form during a tight first set.

Neither could manage a break of serve and it went to a tie-break, where second-seed Roddick edged ahead and pressed home his advantage with a blistering return of serve to open up a 5-2 lead before serving out the set.

The second set was more of the same, with Hewitt able to hold his own serve easily enough but never threatening to do any damage on Roddick's serve.

Again it went to a tie-break and Hewitt's nerve cracked at the crucial moment when he netted an easy volley to give Roddick the mini-break that he followed with two aces to seal victory.

"Lleyton's had just as much success here as me and he knows how to play on grass," Roddick said. "He keeps the ball low and makes it tough to get a clean hit.

"It was tough with the wind but I feel pretty good, I've been hitting the ball real well in practice and I just had to hold my service games."

The American will have to find a way to out-gun Karlovic next after the big-serving Croat, seeded ninth, beat France's Nicolas Mahut, the 2007 runner-up, 6-3 6-4.

Sixth seed Blake battled to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory over fellow American Sam Querrey and will now play either Russia's Mikhail Youzhny or French third seed Gilles Simon.

Former French Open champion Ferrero moved into the last eight with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory over Belgian qualifier Xavier Malisse.

Ferrero takes on Steve Darcis after the Belgian was handed a walk-over following Gael Monfils's withdrawal with a wrist injury on Wednesday.



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