By Phil James and Ros Satar
Andy Murray def. Benjamin Becker 6-4, 7-6(3)
World no. 2 Andy Murray was made to work hard for his straight sets win over Benjamin Becker, but booked his place in the Queen’s semi-final.
It looked as though it was going to be a formality building up a comfortable double-break cushion.
But suddenly the surety of shots seemed to desert the no. 1 seed here, as Becker reclaimed one of the breaks.
It made no difference for the first set, in just under 35 minutes, but the second set was a trademark “Murray-coaster”.
Becker had called for the trainer for a very painful looking neck twist and attention to his shoulder and arm, and initially it looked as though an edge had been taken off his serving speed.
But the German made up for it with angles and slices as the pair traded a couple of breaks a-piece, leading up to a tie-break.
There, the challenge died as Murray charged ahead to a lead of six match points.
Three came and went, but a netted Becker backhand saw Murray advance into the semis.
Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna def. Colin Fleming/Jonathan Marray 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-4
British duo Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray ended their Queen’s Club campaign at the quarter-final stage.
In a tight first set, the pair saved three set points, and battled in the tie-break, saving another two before the Indian pair prevailed.
The second set was equally close, this time with the British pair breaking late.
The match tie-break saw them fall behind early, and they just could not manage to get back on terms as the third seeds advanced to the semis.
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan def. Jamie Murray/John Peers 7-6(5), 6-7(9) 11-9
In the final action of the day, Jamie Murray and John Peers were agonisingly pipped in the match-tie-break.
The Brit/Aussie pair stayed on the Bryans’ case throughout the match, with nip-and-tuck exchanges throughout, and Peers thumped down an ace to close out an 11/9 tiebreak to level the scores.
The pair saved 2 match points before finally succumbing to the no. 1 seeds.
Nottingham Challenger (2)
The Skupski brothers who were wildcards into the event lost out in two very close tie-breakers.