Murray vs. Tsonga in Queen's semis

LONDON — Two-time former champion Andy Murray edged Benjamin Becker 6-4, 7-6 (3) Friday to reach the semifinals at Queen's Club.

The top-seeded Murray served eight aces without a double-fault, and broke twice in each set. He also dropped serve three times in the match, but dominated the tiebreaker by winning the first six points.

Murray will play fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a repeat of the 2011 final. The Frenchman ended the run of 112th-ranked American Denis Kudla, 6-3, 6-2 in 53 minutes.

Defending champion Marin Cilic will face four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt in the other semifinal.

The fifth-seeded Cilic beat Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6 (4), and Hewitt reached his first semifinal in 11 months by upsetting Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at the tuneup tournament before Wimbledon.

Murray looks forward to the challenge of playing Tsonga, who reached the semifinals of the French Open.

"It will be a big step up and also a really big test for me because he's been playing some great tennis the last couple of months," Murray said. "He's one of the best in the world on this surface. I have had some tough matches with him on grass before, so tomorrow will be the same."

Hewitt took a 4-2 lead with a backhand winner after del Potro struck consecutive double-faults, and hit a backhand volley to break again for the set. Del Potro sped to a 4-0 lead in winning the second set. In the decider, Hewitt broke del Potro at love to earn a 3-1 lead and broke again at 5-2 with a volley winner.

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At Halle, Germany, Roger Federer cruised past Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-0 to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals, recording his second career double bagel and teaching a painful lesson to a player trying to serve and volley on grass.

Richard Gasquet also made the last four, defeating Florian Mayer 6-3, 7-6 (4). Gasquet will play Mikhail Youzhny, who upset 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2.

Youzhny's only victory in eight previous matches against the sixth-seeded Kohlschreiber was when the German had to retire after one set in 2007.

The third-ranked Federer needed only 39 minutes to defeat the 156th-ranked Zverev. Federer got his first blanking against Gaston Gaudio at the 2005 Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Federer will play defending champion Tommy Haas, who beat him in last year's final. The German came from behind to beat Gael Monfils 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

While noting he'd rather win 6-1, 6-2, Federer said it never crossed his mind to give Zverev a game. He said the only time he lost 6-0, 6-0 was his first match, at age 8.

Federer is aiming for his first title of the year. In the semifinals, he will play either Tommy Haas or Gael Monfils. Haas beat Federer in last year's final in Halle.

Mayer produced a pair of stunning diving winners, but Gasquet was the steadier player and served an ace to finish the match.


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