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Tennis

Murray triumphs twice on a busy day
AFP
London, June 14, 2013
First Published: 00:00 IST(14/6/2013)
Last Updated: 00:06 IST(14/6/2013)

Andy Murray swept into the Queen's Club quarter-finals in emphatic fashion as the world number two finished a hectic on Thursday by routing Australia's Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2.

Murray had to complete two matches in one day after heavy rain on Wednesday left the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event behind schedule.

But the US Open champion rose to the challenge, first avenging last year's embarrassing Queen's exit against Nicolas Mahut with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) victory over the Frenchman in the second round.

Murray had led 6-3, 2-2 overnight and needed 43 minutes to finish off former Queen's finalist Mahut.

The 26-year-old was back in action just over three hours later against Matosevic, but the draining schedule didn't seem to trouble Murray, who missed the French Open with a lower back injury.

Back from injury

This is the Scot's first competitive action since retiring from the Rome Masters in May after aggravating the recurring back problem, but he showed few signs of rust as he demolished world number 65 Matosevic in 56 minutes.

The top seed's next opponent will be Germany's Benjamin Becker.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the French fourth seed, survived a pair of gruelling three-set matches in the space of just a few hours to earn a last eight meeting with America's Denis Kudla. Tsonga defeated compatriot Eduoard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 earlier.

The world number seven was forced to play again later in the day, defeating Holland's Igor Sijsling, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.


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