Murray, Berdych, Del Potro land in Queen’s Club QFs

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Updated: June 13, 2013

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Four top-10 ATP stars, including Andy
Murray, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro, led the charge into the
quarterfinals at the $900,000 Aegon Championships, a grass-court Wimbledon
tune-up.

The top-seeded Murray saw double duty on Day 4, as the heavy British crowd
favorite finished off Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in a rain-
suspended second-round affair from Wednesday and then dusted off Aussie
Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2 in a third-round bout at The Queen’s Club. Mahut
was the runner-up here in 2007.

The reigning U.S. Open champion and 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Murray was
the Queen’s Club champion in 2009 and 2011. He’ll face German Benjamin
Becker in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Murray missed the recently concluded French Open due to a hip injury.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych handled 16th-
seeded Slovenian Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-4 and the third-seeded former U.S. Open
champion del Potro drilled British wild card Daniel Evans 6-0, 6-3 in the
round of 16.

Like Murray, fourth-seeded world No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also forced to
win a pair on Thursday, as the flashy Frenchman opened his day with a 6-3, 6-7
(2-7), 6-3 second-round victory over fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin
and capped his day with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 third-round decision against Dutchman
Igor Sijsling.

In other third-round action involving seeds, No. 5 and reigning Queen’s Club
titlist Marin Cilic overcame Spanish qualifier Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6 (7-5),
7-5, four-time champ Lleyton Hewitt knocked out sixth-seeded 2010 champion Sam
Querrey of the United States 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, and the aforementioned Becker
upended No. 7 Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

One other third-round result saw upstart American Denis Kudla whip Frenchman
Kenny De Schepper 6-1, 6-3, while two other second-rounders saw Lopez oust
11th-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 and Sijsling stop 14th-
seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

Friday’s other quarters will pit Berdych against Cilic, del Potro versus the
former world No. 1 Hewitt, and Tsonga against the 20-year-old Ukrainian-born
Kudla.

The 2013 Queen’s Club titlist will earn $115,000.

THURSDAY’S THIRD ROUND MATCHES

Andy Murray (1) def. Marinko Matosevic, 6-2, 6-2
Tomas Berdych (2) def. Grega Zemlja (16), 6-3, 6-4
Juan Martin del Potro (3) def. Daniel Evans, 6-0, 6-3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4) def. Igor Sijsling, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Marin Cilic (5) def. Feliciano Lopez, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
Lleyton Hewitt def. Sam Querrey (6), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Benjamin Becker def. Alexandr Dolgopolov (7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
Denis Kudla def. Kenny De Schepper, 6-1, 6-3

THURSDAY’S SECOND ROUND MATCHES

Andy Murray (1) def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4) def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3
Feliciano Lopez def. Julien Benneteau (11), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Igor Sijsling def. Denis Istomin (14), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINAL MATCHES

Andy Murray (1) vs. Benjamin Becker
Tomas Berdych (2) vs. Marin Cilic (5)
Juan Martin del Potro (3) vs. Lleyton Hewitt
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4) vs. Denis Kudla