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Murray v Ferrero as it happened


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By Chris Bevan

1441: Well, that's about it from me today - join us tomorrow for Andy Murray in the final at Queen' sounds good doesn't it? In the meantime, you can find out who he will be playing by watching four-time champion Andy Roddick against fellow American James Blake - their semi-final is live on BBC One and streamed live on this website (for UK users only). Enjoy.

1438: Andy Murray speaking to the BBC: "It was a good match, I served well and I was happy to win in two sets. I don't mind who I play tomorrow but hopefully I can keep playing as well as I have been."

1436: BBC Sport's Mark Petchey: "That first set by Andy Murray was as good as it gets so full credit to him, it was always going to be difficult to maintain that level in the second set but he got the job done."

It's good news for a Briton

Murray 6-2 6-4 Ferrero: No way back for Ferrero now, and he is in cruise control to wrap up this one. Victory is sealed when the Spaniard puts a backhand into the net and Murray will play Andy Roddick or James Blake in the final tomorrow.

Murray * 6-2 5-4 Ferrero: At 30-all, it appears Murray could close this one out here but Ferrero is not ready to fold just yet and a couple of big serves dig him out of a hole. Still, Murray will serve for the match next.
Murray 6-2 5-3 * Ferrero: So, can Murray serve this one out and book his place in the final? Yes, on this evidence - he's serving well and backing that up with more attacking groundstrokes. He is one game away from victory now and, according to BBC Sport's John Lloyd, "could still go up a couple of gears if he has to". It's all looking very easy at the moment...

It's good news for a Briton
Murray * 6-2 4-3 Ferrero: It was coming, wasn't it? Murray runs down a drop shot by the Spaniard and puts away the winner to give himself two break points. This time, he takes his chance too as Ferrero sees a backhand fly wide on the next point. It's the Scot's knuckles that are bleeding but the injury does not look very serious - a dab of savlon and a plaster should do the trick I think.

Murray 6-2 3-3 * Ferrero: Murray appears to have cut his hand, while serving, and I'm not entirely sure how. Still, it seems to be a minor inconvenience, proven when he fires down his seventh ace to hold with ease.

Murray * 6-2 2-3 Ferrero: Ferrero may not have the big shots to hurt Murray but he has the consistency to wear down the Scot, which is no mean feat, although he has to come into the net to finish off a couple of points which is a risky strategy to say the least. Again, holding is far from straightforward for the Spaniard but after a couple of deuces he manages it, and we are still with serve in the second set.

BBC Sport Mole at Queen's: "Wonderful people watching opportunities as always down here. Friday traditionally seems to be the day when city boys and rich kids come to Queen's to network, but ultimately get drunk and get carried out by security (as witnessed last night). Saturday is far more genteel and attracts an altogether different type of toff. Anyone see the kid John Inverdale interviewed before this match? Cripes. Made Little Lord Fauntleroy look like a Hoodie."

Murray 6-2 2-2 * Ferrero: Murray's got a lot of shots in his locker but Ferrero has a few tricks up his sleeve too, and his sliced forehand has been very useful so far, notably here when the Scot has to work harder than expected to finish off a couple of points. Ferrero, again, is in this one at 30-all but the Murray serve has been almost faultless - just the one double so far - and, again, it sees him through.

BBC Sport's Mark Petchey: "Ferrero has his back to the wall here but he is fighting hard and has so far been successful."

Murray * 6-2 1-2 Ferrero: Another two break points come and go for Murray, who has had five in this set so far and taken none of them. Ferrero does not have a huge serve, even when his first delivery lands in, but he is wily enough to find his way out of a tight spot with some clever stuff from the back of the court.

Murray 6-2 1-1 * Ferrero: Hmmm, some more great tennis by Ferrero and, all of a sudden, the pressure is on the Murray serve at 30-all and deuce. That's as close as he gets to a first break point, however, as Murray stays 'solid' to hold, again, thanks to some more big serves, including his fifth ace of the day.

Murray * 6-2 0-1 Ferrero: Ferrero is at the brink of collapse at 0-40 but shows what he is made of - and it's certainly not chocolate - by recovering to hold. A couple of big serves, including his first ace of the day, help his cause but he will need a few more of those to turn this one around. Still, as Mark Petchey says on BBC One - "that was a massive game for the Spaniard."


It's good news for a Briton
Murray 6-2 * Ferrero: A few of you are texting in with Ferrero jokes, but he's not laughing at the moment - he's just lost the first set. The Spaniard has his first sniff on the Murray serve at 30-all but, when opportunity knocks, he finds the net with a couple of second serves - and I guess that's why he's world number 90 now, not number one...

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From James in York via text on 81111: Just like Fish was out of his depth in the last round, Ferrero must be nuts if he thinks he can win this...

Murray * 5-2 Ferrero: Ferrero is not giving up just yet, however, and he produces his best collection of serves so far today to hold, sealing the deal with a rolling forehand winner that even Murray cannot reach.

Murray 5-1 * Ferrero: Murray only dropped five points against Mardy Fish in his quarter-final yesterday and he is positively racing through his service games again today. The Spaniard cannot make any inroads at the moment.

It's good news for a Briton
Murray * 4-1 Ferrero: Ah, that could be that, as far as this first set is concerned anyhow. Ferrero thinks he has held thanks to a forehand winner at 40-30 but Murray challenges, wins, and, after two more mistakes by the Spaniard, goes on to break for a second time. Game over?

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From theartfulroger on 606: "Murray looks so calm and as if he is in practice mode but when he loses a point he looks like the world has ended."

BBC Sport Mole at Queen's: "Just strolled past Australian cricketers Brett Lee and Shane Watson (Boo! Hiss!) irritatingly looking pretty damn cool in the Queen's Club sunshine. In a press conference after playing Aussie Lleyton Hewitt the other day, Andy Roddick supplied an amusing riposte when asked what came into his mind on hearing the word 'Ashes'? His answer: 'who died?' Americans huh? They'll never understand."

Murray 3-1 * Ferrero: Another easy hold from Murray, whose only wobble comes with a double-fault at 40-0. We're then treated to the best rally of the match, which the British number one wins with a superb cross-court backhand winner, and he keeps rolling on.

Murray * 2-1 Ferrero: Hmmm, Murray is in with another sniff of a break at 30-all but his next return flies long - bringing a frustrated yell out of the Scot - before another decent Ferrero serve gets him off the mark.

Murray 2-0 * Ferrero: 'Solid' has been the Murray mantra so far this week and that's exactly what he is with his first service game, moving Ferrero around the court and finding the shots to finish him off too.

It's good news for a Briton
Murray * 1-0 Ferrero: Wow. A super start from Murray, who quickly gets stuck into the Ferrero serve and, after drawing him into the net, passes him wih a couple of sublime strokes from either flank. That takes us to 30-40 and, when the Spaniard flops a backhand into the net, Andy has his first break, in the first game. Nice.
*Denotes next to serve

1314: BBC Sport's Andrew Castle: "Juan Carlos Ferrero is going to enjoy himself today and we're going to see a spectacle of ground-stroke tennis today, with maybe the occasional foray into the net. "

The sun is out
1309: Phew, it's a real scorcher in west London as Murray and Ferrero head out on court. Ferrero is a former world number one by the way, but is down at number 90 at the, will this be a pushover for Andy? Well, probably not. Ferrero's no mug on grass and is perfectly happy slugging it out from the back of the court - given his impressive form, Murray should win, but this is not necessarily going to be a walk in the park.

1303: Yep, we're at the semi-final stage of the Aegon Championships, which means British number one (and top seed) Andy Murray is just two games away from his maiden title on grass. He takes on Juan Carlos Ferrero, with the winner facing four-time champion Andy Roddick or James Blake in the final.

1259: Afternoon folks. So, it's 71 years since Bunny Austin was Britain's last champion at Queen's - about time we put that right, don't you think? Over to you Andy...

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