London - Andy Murray set up the first all-British Queen's Club quarter-final
in the Open era as the defending champion cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory
over another compatriot, Aljaz Bedene on Thursday.
face British wildcard Kyle Edmund for a place in the semi-finals after
brushing aside Bedene in the second round of the Wimbledon warm-up
The last time two British players contested an ATP Tour
quarter-final was in Adelaide in 2002 when Tim Henman defeated Greg
Rusedski 6-4, 6-4.
"It wasn't bad. I'm still getting used to the conditions a bit but I played well," Murray said.
British thing had no bearing on it. It's good the British players are
doing well and I'm happy there are more Brits at the bigger events. I
had a feeling I would play one here.
"Kyle Edmund is improving all the time - it's not one massive leap but every year he gets a bit better."
is bidding for a record fifth Queen's crown and the world number two
took just 83 minutes to extend his fine career record in west London to
27-5 and book a sixth appearance in the Queen's last eight.
29-year-old Scot, who resumed his partnership with coach Ivan Lendl this
week after a two-year separation, next takes on Davis Cup team-mate
Edmund, who was given a walkover into the quarter-finals after his
French opponent Paul-Henri Mathieu pulled out with a wrist problem.
promising South Africa-born 21-year-old had enjoyed the best win of his
career on Wednesday when he defeated French world number 18 Gilles
Simon in the first round.
While there was another more
high-profile Battle of Britain going on across the English Channel in
France, where England and Wales clashed in Euro 2016, there was plenty
at stake for Murray.
It was the
first time Murray had faced a British opponent at Tour level on home
soil and the first time anywhere since he lost to Henman in Bangkok in
Murray had battled hard to subdue Nicolas Mahut in two
tie-breaks in the first round and initially he looked out of sync
against Slovenia-born Bedene.
Appearing to be discomforted by a shoulder problem, Murray had to save a break point in the first game.
But he gradually found some rhythm and broke for a 5-3 lead before serving out the first set with the minimum fuss.
was on top without having to reach top gear and after breaking in the
third game of the second set, he gifted the advantage back with a
careless effort in the next game.
Even with that blip, Murray
never looked likely to come unstuck and he broke the world number 58
again for a 4-3 lead that was more than enough to take him into the last
Elsewhere in the second round, Luxembourg's Gilles Muller
saved 10 match points to claim a surprise 3-6, 7-6 (18/16), 7-6 (9/7)
win over American seventh seed John Isner.
Muller, who also
reached the Queen's quarter-finals last year, will face Australia's
Bernard Tomic, who beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (2/7) 6-4, 6-4.
third seed Milos Raonic advanced to the last eight for the second
successive year with a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6) victory against Czech Jiri Vesely.
number nine Raonic, working with new coach John McEnroe for the first
time this week, faces Spanish sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut or
American Donald Young, whose match was postponed due to heavy rain.
"It's fun. He's probably the most energetic 57-year-old I know," Raonic said of McEnroe.
also share a lot in common off court. He loves art as well. We discuss
that quite a bit. It's been a pleasure working with him."
Results from the fourth day of the grass-court tournament at Queen's Club on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Andy Murray (GBR x1) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-3, 6-4
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt John Isner (USA x7) 3-6, 7-6 (18/16), 7-6 (9/7)
Kyle Edmund (GBR) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu - walkover
Milos Raonic (CAN x3) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4