Queen’s Club: Murray beats fellow Brit Aljaz Bedene to ease into quarters

  • AP, London
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2016 00:22 IST
Murray shakes hands with Aljaz Bedene at the net after the match. (REUTERS)

Andy Murray remained on track to claim a record fifth title at Queen’s Club by beating fellow Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4 to enter the quarterfinals on Thursday.

John Isner of the US fired 43 aces and held 10 match points but still managed to find a way to lose to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 3-6, 7-6 (16), 7-6 (7).

Murray faced a break point in the opening game but then broke to lead 5-3 and served out the set. The Scot maintained the pressure in the second set, and despite failing to convert four break points to lead 1-0 and dropping his own serve after breaking for 2-1, a further break for 4-3 proved decisive.

Murray’s next opponent will be another countryman, Kyle Edmund, who received a walkover when Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu withdrew with a wrist injury.

Isner seemed to be set for victory against Muller, holding six match points in the second-set tiebreaker, but Muller levelled the match on his fifth set point. In the final set, the American held off five break points as the set moved to another tiebreaker, but then failed to capitalise on a further four match points.

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