London - Defending
champion Andy Murray survived a stern test from Kyle Edmund to reach
the Queen's Club semi-finals with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over the
British wildcard on Friday.
Murray will play Croatia's Marin Cilic
in the last four on Saturday in a rematch of the 2013 final at the
Wimbledon warm-up event in west London.
But the world number two
had to dig deep to remain on course for a record fifth Queen's crown
after a lacklustre first two sets against an inexperienced 21-year-old
ranked 83 places below him.
Canadian third seed Milos Raonic will face Australia's Bernard Tomic in the other semi-final.
defeated 2012 champion Cilic in the final three years ago but if the
29-year-old wants to repeat that he will have to improve significantly
on his curiously limp performance against Edmund, who showed why he is
regarded as Murray's likely successor as British number one with an
inspired effort before being blown away in the deciding set.
train with Kyle a lot so I know how good he is. He is big, strong and
when he is on, he is very tough to play against," Murray said.
"Kyle is the future of the game in this country. I have felt that in practice and I felt that in the match.
"He served extremely well, but I tried to up my aggression at the start of the third set and thankfully it worked."
had waited 10 years to face a British opponent until he beat Aljaz
Bedene in the second round on Thursday and just 24 hours later the top
seed was taking on another compatriot in the promising Edmund.
was the first all-British Queen's Club quarter-final in the Open era and
the first last eight showdown between two Brits on the ATP Tour since
Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in Adelaide in 2002.
took the first set despite being some way short of his best against
Edmund, who appeared unperturbed by being unexpectedly awoken in the
early hours of Friday to take delivery of a washing machine in his new
The Scot was on the ropes when Edmund took the second, but
he hit back emphatically with a pair of early breaks to finally restore
the status quo in the third set.
Former US Open champion Cilic
battled back to defeat American Steve Johnson 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4 in the
day's first quarter-final as the fifth seed advanced to the Queen's
semi-finals for the third time.
"I really enjoy playing here. Grass suits my game and when I'm in good form I can always play really well," Cilic said.
looking forward to Saturday's match. It's going to be probably a little
bit of a crowd against me, but I'm going to enjoy that."
took advantage of Spanish sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut's busy
scheduled to sweep into the last four with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Agut had to finish the second set of his rain-delayed second-round win
over Donald Young earlier on Friday and he looked drained as Raonic
slammed down 19 aces and booked his first Queen's semi-final appearance
in just 60 minutes on court.
World number nine Raonic's run to the
last four comes in the week he started working with American great John
McEnroe as his coach.
Standing between Raonic and his third ATP Tour final of 2016 is world number 22 Tomic.
The 23-year-old will be in his first Queen's semi-final after beating Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2.
has been practising with Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt
this week and the four-time Queen's champion's advice has clearly rubbed
off during his best winning streak since February.
Collated results from the fifth day of the grasscourt tournament at Queen's Club on Friday (x denotes seeding):
Marin Cilic (CRO x5) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x1) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Milos Raonic (CAN x3) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x6) 6-1, 6-4
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2