By Philip James & Ros Satar
Andy Murray def Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6(4) ; Murray def Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2
It was a case of Murray-in-a-Hurry today as the no. 1 seed had to play twice in difficult conditions at Queen’s Club to advance to the quarter-finals at the Aegon Championships.
After resuming his match with Nicolas Mahut, which had been suspended due to appalling weather 6-2 2-2, Murray wasted no time in dispatching the tricky Frenchman, who put him out at the same stage last year.
Mahut stayed with him in the second set and forcing a tie-break to decide the second set.
The no. 1 seed blasted a couple of winners to edge out the tie-break to win in straight sets.
Coming out later in the day, as the gusting winds had been causing problems, he booked a place in the quarter-finals with another straight sets victory, beating Marinko Matosevic 6-2 6-2.
Murray will face Benjamin Becker in the quarter-finals.
Juan Martin Del Potro def. Dan Evans 6-0, 6-3
Dan Evans could not reproduce the form that saw him claim the notable scalp of Jarkko Nieminen.
He got off to a slow start in his third round match with Juan Martin Del Potro, who got off the blocks extremely quickly (to put it mildly) winning the set to love in a little under 20 minutes.
Evans had a little more luck in the second set, getting games on the board, but a little lapse was all Del Potro needed to keep the young giant-killer at bay.
The final game saw the first break point for Evans on Del Potro’s serve, but the gangly Argentinian saved it before taking just the one match point, in a little under an hour on court.
Evans admitted that he had not been used to Del Potro’s pace and had not really made the third seed work too much.
Next up for Evans will be the Wimbledon qualifying rounds, where he has been awarded a wildcard.
Jamie Murray/John Peers def. Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo 7-5, 7-6(2)
There was other British success – Jamie Murray and John Peers recorded a good straight sets win over the seventh seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in a tight affair, winning 7-5, 7-6(2).
Colin Fleming/Jonny Marray def. Benoit Paire/Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-6
In the closing stages of the day, shortly after Paire amd Roger-Vasselin had completed their first match (De Bakker/Sijsling), the French pair were out again to face the all Brit pairing of Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray.
The first set was decided confidently in a tie-break by the British duo, but the momentum shifted across the channel for the second set, resulting in a late evening match tie-break.
Once the British pair edged ahead, they were able to apply a enough pressure to mount up the match points for a comfortable margin.
ATP 250 Halle – Daniele Bracciali/Jonathan Erlich def. Dominic Inglot/Treat Huey 1-6, 6-3, 10-4
Dominic Inglot and Treat Huey had a rough ride in the Doubles quarter-final in Halle, after racing through the first set.ATP
The second set was a lot closer, going down a break and just not able to break back.
They had their chance when Bracciali was serving for the set and a double-fault put them at a potential match point, but the advantage stayed with Bracciali/Erlich.
The British/Filipino pair never really got going in the decider, dropping the first point and from there falling behind as the Italian/Israeli pair took the match tie-break 10-4.