2009 Queens Club – Andy Murray Beats Mardy Fish

Aegon ChampionshipsAndy Murray cruised past 8th seed Mardy Fish in very convincing fashion. The Scot is bidding to be the first British winner at Queens club in the open era and the first British champion at Queen’s since Bunny Austin in 1938.

The 22-year-old world number 3 took out his American opponent 7-5 6-3 in just over an hour in the quarter finals  of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s.

Murray will next face Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semi-finals. Ferrero beat Steve Darcis of Belgium 4-6 6-3 6-4 in his quarter final match.

Murray broke the Fish serve three times and wrapped up his win in one hour and 10 minutes. Murray and former world number 1 Ferrero have never met before.

In an near-faultless performance against Fish, Murray served 11 aces and made 69% of first serves and won all but one of those points.

The players exchanged service holds until the 11th game of the first set, Murray set the break up by racing to 0-40 with an outstanding cross-court backhand passing shot and then an even better one on the forehand side. Fish did pull it back to 30-40 before a woeful forehand smash from Fish gave Murray the break and ultimately the set as Murray served out.

The second set went to familiar pattern as the second though this time Murray made his move a little quicker, this time in the seventh, he took his second break point chance of the game with a powerful backhand return. Another near perfect service game put Murray 5-3 ahead and the Scot sealed the match breaking Fish for a third time.

After his win, Murray spoke courtside,

It was very good. He served very well at start of the match and I didn’t get too many opportunities, but I hit a few really good passing shots at 5-5 and broke him and then I started to feel more comfortable. Mardy’s a very, very good grass-court player. It was a good test for me.

In the other half of the draw, four-time champion Roddick is through to the semi-finals for the seventh successive year after seeing off fellow big server Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5), while James Blake takes on Mikhail Youzhny.