London | Murray decides to play exhibition matches
Andy Murray has decided to play two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club next week to give him some of the match court practise he missed out following his untimely exit from Queen’s earlier this week.
I'm looking forward to Wimbledon, but still keeping my feet on the ground and working day by day and just focusing on my game to keep it steady and keep it consistent. Marin Cilic
His shock opening round defeat by the world No.90 from Australia, Jordan Thompson, completely disrupted his pre-Wimbledon schedule where he is set to defend his title.
He joins the likes of Milos Raonic, last year’s Wimbledon finalist and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both of whom also managed to suffer early losses at Queen’s, plus Lucas Pouille and Tommy Haas.
Murray hasn’t played at Hurlingham since 2014 after losing in the last 16 of the Aegon Championships.
Meanwhile at Queen’s, Marin Cilic advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-4 7-5 victory over American Donald Young where he will face Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who owns a perfect mark of 7-0 on grass-courts this season, who beat the 2010 champion Sam Querrey of the US, 6-4 7-6(5) in 81 minutes.
“I’m playing really well on grass,” said Cilic, the 2012 champion 2012 and current favourite. “I’m looking forward to Wimbledon, but still keeping my feet on the ground and working day by day and just focusing on my game to keep it steady and keep it consistent.
“(Muller) is going to be the first guy that I’m going to meet, apart from (John) Isner, serving and volleying, and obviously with his lefty serve he’s really dominant on his service games on grass. He is playing really well and last week he won a title. It’s definitely going to be tough match for me, but I’ve just got to focus on myself. I think it was good today that I played against Young, a lefty swinging serve.”
Also through is the sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria who moved a step closer to winning his second tournament title here with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev after 106-minutes.
The Bulgarian will face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who saved a match point en route to recording a 7-6(5) 6-7(1) 7-5 victory over seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych after two hours and 27-minutes.
In Halle Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open for the 13th time by beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4.
Federer, an eight-time champion in Halle, had 11 aces, saved both break points he faced and converted two of his own to maintain his bid for a 16th grass-court title.
“I thought I was very calm out there, even in difficult moments,” said Federer, who only returned to action last week in Stuttgart after a two-month break. “I was calm serving out the first and second sets. Those are always signs for me that things are slowly starting to fall into place nicely.”
He will next face Karen Khachanov, who defeated Andrey Rublev 7-6(8) 4-6 6-3.
“I don’t know him that well yet so it’s a match where I’ll most likely focus on my own game,” Federer said of facing the Russian in the semifinals.
Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev will face Richard Gasquet in the other semifinal match. Zverev defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7(6) 7-6(1) 6-1, while Gasquet beat Robin Haase 6-1 3-6 6-1.