- Andy Murray defeated James Ward in straight sets to gain a spot in the semifinals
- He will face Dan Evans, who beat Cameron Norrie
- Joe Salisbury and Johnny O’Mara finished on top of the Cathie Sabin Group
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Andy Murray completed a crucial straight-sets victory over James Ward to seal a spot in the semifinals at the Schroder Battle of the Brits
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Andy Murray joined Kyle Edmund in the semifinals of the Schroders Battle of the Brits in Roehampton. The former British No.1, whose hip was feeling achy after three gruelling days, will meet current British No.1 Dan Evans. In an entertaining clash between British future stars, Paul Jubb claimed his debut win over Ryan Peniston.
In the doubles, Joe Salisbury and Jonny O’Mara topped the Cathie Sabin group after beating James Ward and Edmund, who moved to the semifinals as the second-ranked team. Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski beat Evans and Lloyd Glasspool to make the Paul Hutchins Group supremely balanced
Andy Murray def. James Ward 6-3 7-5
Murray had to dig deep to reach the semifinals. The tight match against Ward became a test of his movement. The former World No.1 admitted he moved the best he had all week, but he was forced to rely too much on his slice off the backhand side.
Murray won the two longest games of the match, the sixth and the eight of the first set that took respectively 13 and 11 minutes, both on his opponent’s serve.
Ward pushed him wide from the back and went 4-2 up in the second set but Murray delivered another magnificent effort sealing his berth in the last four with a fine running forehand down the line.
British number two Edmund was already through after Wednesday’s win over Murray.
Dan Evans def.Cameron Norrie 6-3 6-3
World number 28 Evans grabbed a solid 6-3 6-3 victory over Brit No.3 Cameron Norrie. Evans’ variety destroyed Norrie’s solid game as he got early breaks in both sets to seize control. His first ace gave him match point, although he needed a second to complete a convincing victory. His improved fitness helped his attack-minded game to shine. Definitely, the Brit No.1 is the man to beat in Roehampton.
Paul Jubb def. Ryan Peniston 6-1 6-7(4) 10-6
The 2019 NCAA champion Paul Jubb defeated Ryan Peniston and looks definitely eager to face Norrie in the final clash of the Greg Rusedski Group. He hasn’t played a match for so long and confessed it was hard to manage himself. But he did it superbly, revealing he can drill attacking forehands at will in almost every direction.
Jubb, a late replacement for the injured Jay Clarke, won the singles title at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship, playing for the South Carolina Gamecocks. His assertive game did the difference in the opening set and in the final tiebreak as he raced to build a 6-1 lead. From there, he made no mistake completing a very impressive performance.
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Joe Salisbury/Jonny O’Mara def. Kyle Edmund/James Ward 6-2 5-7 10-5
Salisbury and O’Mara beat Edmund and Ward in the final clash of the Cathie Sabin Group. Both pairs, however, advanced to the semifinals.
Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski b. Dan Evans/Lloyd Glasspool 6-3 3-6 10-7
The scenario looked definitely more indecipherable in the Paul Hutchins Group. After his victory alongside Neal Skupski, tournament director Jamie Murray couldn’t tell if they moved or not to the semifinals as all the three pairs registered one win and a defeat.
A single break gave Murray and Skupski the first set, Glasspool played a pivotal role at the net to force a decider. But by the slimmest of margins with a single game, Murray and Skupski, who started as the pre-tournament favourites, are through.
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