Murray wins twice to reach quarters at Queen's

LONDON — Andy Murray won twice Thursday to reach the Queen's Club quarterfinals, defeating Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a suspended match and then beating Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2.

Defending champion and fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia saved a match point and swept the last five games to down Spanish qualifier Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6 (5) 7-5.

Also winning were second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and No. 4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. But the No. 6 Sam Querrey, the 2010 champion, was ousted by former four-time tournament winner Lleyton Hewitt, who won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Murray resumed his match against Mahut at 2-2 in the second set and fought off three break points in his first two service games before beating the Frenchman in the tiebreaker.

The top-seeded Scot then took charge early against Matosevic, breaking the Australian to lead 2-1 and again in the fifth game. A break for 1-0 gave Murray a perfect start to the second set and a further break for 4-1 all but sealed his opponent's fate.

Berdych eased past 16th-seeded Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 6-3, 6-4, and Del Potro surrendered just eight points in the opening set against Britain's Daniel Evans before winning 6-0, 6-3.

Tsonga, the runner-up to Murray in 2011, survived two three-set battles. He defeated fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 in a rain-delayed second-round match and then Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Nurnberger Versicherungscup

At Nuremberg, Germany, top-seeded Jelena Jankovic cruised past sixth-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 6-0 to set up a semifinal against Andrea Petkovic in the inaugural WTA Nurnberger Versicherungscup.

Petkovic rallied from set down to beat eighth-seeded Annika Beck 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Petkovic returned after a series of injuries and received a wild card into the tournament.

In the other semifinal today, fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova will play No. 7 Simona Halep. Safarova edged Polona Hercog 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4, and Halep defeated Galina Voskoboeva 6-4, 6-1.

Gerry Weber Open

At Halle, Germany, defending champion Tommy Haas advanced to the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open by outlasting Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Second-seeded Richard Gasquet defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1, and Philipp Kohlschreiber stopped Tobias Kamke 6-4, 6-3 to reach the final eight in the grass-court tuneup for Wimbledon.

The 35-year-old Haas, who won the event in 2009, is coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open.

After losing the first set to a forehand winner by Haas, Gulbis broke his racket in anger and decided to change his shoes and shirt as well.

In the second set, Haas broke to lead 3-2 and stayed ahead for good. The German never faced a break point and overcame 15 aces by his Latvian opponent.

The oldest player in the top 100, Hass is aiming for his second title of the year. The 11th-ranked German won last year's title by beating Roger Federer.


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