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Mayer On The Comeback Trail In Halle 2016

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 3:49pm
German veteran Florian Mayer is enjoying a resurgence on his favourite surface. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Tennis World Celebrates Life Of Bud Collins

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 3:37pm

The tennis world celebrated the life of long-time tennis historian, journalist and legendary broadcaster Bud Collins, who passed away in March. A crowd of 550 attended the two-hour service on Friday at Trinity Church in Boston.

“This event had been in planning for three months. I was so anxious for it all to be perfect. I wanted it to be the best possible tribute for Bud and it all came together. I am just thrilled that there were so many people there. I miss him sorely but I am so glad we were able to do this wonderful tribute for him,” said Anita Klaussen, who was married to Bud for 22 years.

“It was a spectacular service for a spectacular guy,” said close friend and former broadcast partner Donald Dell. “He’s the only person I’ve met in tennis who’s never had an enemy. Everybody loved Bud Collins, and he was really the voice, the thought and the spirit of tennis. We’ll never see someone like Bud in our lifetime. That’s the sad part for me. He was so unique and special.

“I was the [US] Davis Cup captain in 1968, and Bud said ‘let’s do some shows together.’ We did it for 15 years. We created a lot of interest for tennis and it was a lot of fun.

“In Louisville one year, it rained. We had four hours to fill with no ads and no breaks. It never slowed Bud down, we got that done no problem.”

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(Stan Smith, Donald Dell, Ken Solomon and Dick Enberg remember their friend Bud Collins in Boston)

International Tennis Hall of Fame members Rod LaverStan Smith, Donald Dell, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Pam Shriver were also among the attendees. Former Top 10 and Boston native Tim Mayotte attended the service along with Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook, International Tennis Hall of Fame executive director Todd Martin and USTA Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer Gordon A. Smith.

“Bud was certainly a friend of mine. We first met in 1956 and he helped me with my book, The Education of a Tennis Player. He was Mr. Tennis and knew everything about the sport, but mostly he was kind to everybody. We had a lot of good times,” said Laver.

A number of fellow media members who worked with Collins throughout his career, including Mary Carillo, Dick Enberg, Bob Costas, Frank DeFord, Mike Lupica, Bob Ryan, Dan Shaunnessy, Jon Wertheim, Peter Bodo and Leslie Visser, also attended.

Murray Hits Forehand Hot Shot At Queens 2016

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 2:12pm
Watch Hot Shot as Andy Murray turns defence into offence with a swing of the racquet against Marin Cilic. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Zverev Passes Federer With Hot Shot Halle 2016

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 1:50pm
Watch Hot Shot to see how Sascha Zverev found a way past a hard-charging Roger Federer. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: ATP/Peter Staples

Zverev Into Halle 2016 Final

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 1:20pm
Sascha Zverev reflects on his impressive victory over eight-time champion Roger Federer in Halle. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Murray Will Go For History Against Raonic In London

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 1:00pm

Andy Murray will play for a record fifth title at the Aegon Championships after prevailing in a battle of former champions on Saturday. The Brit overcame 2012 champion Marin Cilic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in about two hours to move into a fifth final at The Queen's Club.

No player has won five titles at the Aegon Championships, which was established in 1890. Murray previously won titles in 2009, '11, '13 and '15.

“A lot of great players have played here over the years, and winning any tournament a few times is hard obviously. But this one in particular has always got a very strong field,” Murray said. “I'm glad I have given myself the opportunity to try and win again tomorrow.”

Four-Time Champions At Aegon Championships

Andy Murray  2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 Andy Roddick  2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 Lleyton Hewitt  2000, 2001, 2002, 2006 Boris Becker  1985, 1987, 1988, 1996 John McEnroe  1979, 1980, 1981, 1984 Roy Emerson  1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 Anthony Wilding  1907, 1910, 1911, 1912 Major J.G. Ritchie  1902, 1904, 1906, 1909

The Brit will face third seed Milos Raonic in Sunday's final after the Canadian needed just an hour and two minutes to sweep Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. Raonic broke Tomic at 4-all in the first set and gained another break at 3-2 in the second set to glide into the final, his first since Indian Wells in March (l. to Djokovic). Raonic has not lost a service game (47/47) in London.

“For me it's going to be about trying to dictate and play on my terms,” Raonic said. “For him it's going to be trying to take away time from me and trying to make me play as much as possible.”

Murray leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 5-3, including a five-set win earlier this year in the Australian Open semi-finals. But it will be their first meeting on grass.

“Obviously [his] serve is the biggest strength in his game, so… if I get any chances, it's important to take them when they come, because there's not going to be too many,” Murray said.

The final also will mark the first time John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl will meet as coaches. During their playing career, they met 36 times, including in the 1990 semi-final at The Queen's Club (Lendl).

Murray reached his fifth final in London with spot-on serving and stellar defence. He controlled the first set, tracking down Cilic's deep groundstrokes and forcing the Croat to hit extra shots. The Scot also lost only four first-serve points (16/20) and erased all four break points faced.

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Cilic upped his level in the second set, though, clipping lines with approach shots and denying Murray a clean semi-final sweep. The 2013 finalist broke at 3-all to lead 4-3 and erased three break-point chances the following game to go up 5-3. With Kevin Spacey looking on, Murray sailed a forehand long that evened the match.

“I was getting a little bit more out of my first serve in the second and third set, which helped me... set up my game after that,” Cilic said.

Murray responded when he needed to in the third. The World No. 2 rode an early break to a 4-1 lead, and his serve took care of the final games. Murray won all 17 of his first-serve points and never faced a break point in the decider. One final ace, one of his 14, gave him a chance for history on Sunday.

“I need to look at that. You're not going to repeat that every single time but [I'll] try to understand why exactly it was so good,” Murray said of his third-set serving. “The third sets today and in the match with Kyle [Edmund] were a very high level from my side of the court, and that's very pleasing because I know my best tennis is in there. Obviously just have to try to get the consistency there, which comes with matches and time on the court.”

FINAL PREVIEW: No. 1 seed Andy Murray plays for a record fifth Aegon Championships title Sunday when he meets No. 3 seed Milos Raonic in a battle between Top 10 players. Murray is one of eight men since the tournament was established in 1890 to win four titles. With an Olympic gold medal in 2012 and a Wimbledon championship in 2013, the World No. 2 is second only to Roger Federer among active singles players in winning six grass-court titles.

Raonic, on the other hand, is making his debut in a grass-court final after reaching his first 17 ATP World Tour finals on hard courts. His best result on grass entering the 2016 Aegon Championships was a run to the 2014 Wimbledon semi-finals. Unbroken in 47 service games this week, the ninth-ranked Raonic won a rematch of the 2014 Wimbledon quarter-finals against Nick Kyrgios and also defeated 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic.

After Raonic won three of his first four matches against Murray, the Brit has rebounded with four straight victories in their FedEx ATP Head 2 Head rivalry. Among Murray’s wins was a comeback from two sets to one down in the 2016 Australian Open semi-finals. Murray and Raonic, who have never met on grass, will contest the first Aegon Championships final between Top 10 players since No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 3 Novak Djokovic in 2008.

Familiar foes Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe, who met 36 times as players, will face off for the first time as coaches on Sunday. Raonic hired McEnroe to join his team during Roland Garros last month, while Murray reunited with Lendl following his run to the final in Paris. Lendl went 21-15 against McEnroe on court, including a 6-2, 6-4 win in the 1990 Queen’s Club semi-finals.

Following Murray vs. Raonic, No. 1 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will defend their doubles title against a team to be determined. Fellow Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin were tied at 3-3 with qualifiers Chris Guccione and Andre Sa when their semi-final was suspended due to darkness on Saturday. That match will resume at 11:30 am on Court 1, with the winners challenging Herbert and Mahut on Centre Court. Herbert and Mahut are 1-0 against each of the teams they may face in the final.

Zverev Dethrones Federer In Halle, Sets Mayer Final

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 11:15am

Next Generation star Alexander Zverev registered the biggest win of his young career on Saturday, toppling eight-time champion Roger Federer at the Gerry Weber Open.

Zverev took the semi-final encounter 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and six minutes, booking his spot in his second ATP World Tour final of the year (l. to Thiem in Nice). He is the youngest player to beat Federer since Rafael Nadal did so on his 19th birthday in the 2005 Roland Garros semis.

The 19 year old is also the first teen to upset a Top 5 opponent since Andy Murray fell to then 18-year-old Borna Coric in Dubai last year. He is the fourth to achieve the feat since 2014...

Year
Tournament

Teenager

Top 5 Opponent  2016  Halle Alexander Zverev
No. 3 Roger Federer
 2015  Dubai Borna Coric
No. 3 Andy Murray
 2014  Basel Borna Coric
No. 3 Rafael Nadal
 2014  Wimbledon Nick Kyrgios
No. 1 Rafael Nadal

"I feel pretty good," said Zverev. "I played very good and served well once again. I think that helped me a little bit and I played well in the important moments. It’s unbelievable to get a win against Roger, especially on grass.

"It’s nice to get a win like that. It’s nice with that kind of match going into Wimbledon and obviously into the final here as well. Don’t forget that that is a very big match for me as well. We’ll see what happens tomorrow but I’m happy with my performance today."

World No. 38 Zverev, the highest-ranked teen in the Emirates ATP Rankings, dropped just four points on serve in the 39-minute opener, firing 14 winners in total. Neither player earned a break chance and it was the German who notched the first mini-break for 3-1 in the ensuing tie-break. He would survive a break back from Federer and capture the set on his first set point. The World No. 3, who owns a 54-6 record in 14 appearances in Halle, saw his sets-won streak at the grass-court event snapped at 15.

In the second set, they would remain on serve through the first 10 games. Two aces from Federer turned aside a pair of break points at 4-3 and three service winners from Zverev denied a trio of chances in the next game. But Federer would finally convert the first break of the match at 5-5, striking a sublime drop shot winner as Zverev slipped at the baseline. He would force a decider at the Gerry Weber Stadion.

Zverev, recipient of the 2015 Emirates ATP Star of Tomorrow award, stayed the course in the third set and was not rattled after facing break points in his first two service games. He grabbed the decisive break for 4-2 as Federer saw a backhand pulled wide and would hold on for the victory in just over two hours, hammering 39 winners, including eight aces, while staving off six of seven break points faced. The first German to reach the Halle final since Tommy Haas lifted the trophy in 2012, Zverev will face countryman Florian Mayer on Sunday.

Federer failed to reach the final in Halle for the first time in 11 straight appearances at the ATP World Tour 500 event. The Swiss, who prevailed in their first encounter less than a month ago in Rome, was bidding for an unprecedented ninth title. 

"It’s always tough to play somebody the first time," Zverev added. "You don’t know what to expect, especially against him. He likes to rush people and is doing the best out of that. In important moments, he plays faster than anybody else and that was something I never felt before and obviously playing in Rome was a big help for this win I think."

Mayer, meanwhile, secured his first final berth on the ATP World Tour since lifting his maiden trophy in Bucharest in 2011. The German defeated a fatigued Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in 66 minutes, facing just one break point. World No. 192 Mayer, who returned to action a year ago following a lengthy absence due to an adductor tear, is the lowest-ranked tour-level finalist since No. 240 Nicolas Mahut won in 's-Hertogenbosch in 2013.

The 32 year old will contest his sixth ATP World Tour final and first on grass. It will be just the second all-German final in Halle, with the previous clash of countrymen coming in 2011 (Kohlschreiber d. Petzschner).

"I think it’s going to be a very tough match," Mayer said of the final. "He’s a young, upcoming German player. He will be in the Top 10 for sure in the future. I think he will be the favourite. Maybe the pressure is a little bit more on his side to win his first title. We will see. I will give my best and then we will see what happens."

Thiem was bidding to reach the final at back-to-back grass-court events after winning the title in Stuttgart. He saved three match points before succumbing. The Austrian, who leads the ATP World Tour with 47 match wins and 59 matches played in 2016, enjoyed his first week inside the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 7.

FINAL PREVIEW: After upsetting Top 10 opponents in the semi-finals, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev and 32-year-old Florian Mayer will meet Sunday in the second All-German final in the 24-year history of the Gerry Weber Open. In 2011, Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated World No. 8 Gael Monfils and Philipp Petzschner beat No. 7 Tomas Berdych to reach the championship match, won by Kohlschreiber when Petzschner retired with a lower back injury.

Zverev and Mayer have written a similar script this week, securing stunning wins on Saturday. Just three years old when Roger Federer made his Halle debut in 2000, Zverev upset the eight-time champion in three sets for the biggest win of his career. Then, Mayer continued his own dream run by defeating No. 7 Dominic Thiem, the ATP World Tour wins leader in 2016.

Mayer is 192nd in the Emirates ATP Rankings and, until this week, was outside the Top 200 for more than 16 months. Sidelined by an adductor injury for much of that time, Mayer qualified en route to the quarter-finals at Stuttgart last week, then used a protected ranking of No. 34 in Halle. He beat the Stuttgart champion Thiem, 2015 Halle finalist Andreas Seppi and Brian Baker in straight sets, also receiving a second-round walkover from No. 6 Kei Nishikori (rib).

Lucky loser Nicklas Kulti is the only player ever to reach the Halle final ranked lower than Mayer, finishing as runner-up to Nicolas Kiefer in 1999. Kulti was ranked No. 303 at the time. Mayer is the lowest-ranked finalist anywhere on tour since No. 240 Nicolas Mahut qualified and captured the ’s-Hertogenbosch title in June 2013. The 2004 ATP Newcomer of the Year is appearing in his first tour-level final since winning his lone title at Bucharest in September 2011.

While Mayer can make history due to his ranking, Zverev can do the same based on his age. At 19 years, 60 days old, Zverev is bidding to become the youngest champion on the ATP World Tour since an 18-year-old Nishikori at Delray Beach in February 2008. The last teenager to win a title was Marin Cilic at New Haven in August 2008. Zverev is the youngest player to defeat Federer since Rafael Nadal did so on his 19th birthday in the 2005 Roland Garros semi-finals.

That’s a sign of good things to come for the ‘Next Generation’ wins leader Zverev. Nadal won his first of 14 Grand Slam titles two days later, while Cilic beat Nishikori for the 2014 US Open title. Zverev is also attempting to become the youngest champion in Gerry Weber Open history. The only younger finalist was 18-year-old Andrei Medvedev, runner-up at the inaugural Halle event in 1993. Mayer vs. Zverev is the third Halle final to feature a pair of unseeded players after Kohlschreiber vs. Petzschner in 2011 and David Prinosil vs. Richard Krajicek in 2000.

In the doubles final, No. 2 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya meet No. 3 seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram. Kubot and Peya saved four match points to defeat Kohlschreiber and Thiem in the first round and another match point to beat Baker and Denis Istomin in the quarter-finals. Klaasen and Ram are playing for their first team title since winning the 2015 Gerry Weber Open. They defeated brothers in back-to-back matches, beating Alexander and Mischa Zverev in the quarter-finals and No. 1 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals.


Zeballos Reacts To Poprad Challenger 2016 Title

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:37am
Horacio Zeballos reflects on his 14th ATP Challenger Tour title run in Poprad Tatry, Slovakia. Interview courtesy Poprad Tatry Challenger.

Raonic Up To the Challenge At Queens 2016

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 5:24am
Milos Raonic will face four-time champion Andy Murray in the Aegon Championships final. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Halle 2016 SF Highlights

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 5:00am
Watch highlights as Sascha Zverev and Florian Mayer set an All-German final in Halle. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: ATP/Peter Staples

Former Kings Of Queen's Honoured

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:54pm

The Aegon Championships, the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year, has celebrated its four-time champions around the grounds of The Queen's Club and its Victorian pavilion this week.

Four-time former titlists Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt were special guests on Friday at The Queen's Club, which has hosted a pre-Wimbledon grass-court tournament since 1890.

Stephen Farrow, tournament director of the Aegon Championships; Jim Moore, the tournament referee for the past 39 years, and Graham Kimpton, head groundsman at The Queen's Club, presented Emerson, McEnroe and Becker quarter-size replica trophies. Hewitt had received his miniature trophy earlier in the year.

World No. 2 Andy Murray is going for a record fifth title at the tournament this week.

FOUR-TIME KINGS OF QUEEN'S

Player Queen's Club Titles (Finalist) Major Josiah Ritchie (GBR) 4 - 1902, 1904, 1906, 1909 (1907-08, 1910) Tony Wilding (NZL) 4 - 1907, 1910-12 Roy Emerson (AUS) 4 - 1963-66 (1960, 1962) John McEnroe (USA) 4 - 1979-81, 1984 (1978, 1982-83) Boris Becker (GER) 4 - 1985, 1987-88, 1996 (1990) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 4 - 2000-2002, 2006 Andy Roddick (USA) 4 - 2003-05, 2007 Andy Murray (GBR) 4 - 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015

Becker now coaches World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and John McEnroe has recently teamed up with Milos Raonic for the grass-court swing. Hewitt retired from professional tennis in January this year.

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Klaasen/Ram Top Bryans In Halle

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:50pm

Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram are into the final of the Gerry Weber Open after defeating top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 7-6(2) on Friday. The Bryans had not dropped a set coming into the semi-final clash, but were broken twice and succumbed in 74 minutes.

 

Klaasen/Ram served well in the second set, firing five aces and only dropping two first serve points. The third seeds will be aiming for their first team title this year against either Henri Kontinen/John Peers or Lukasz Kubot/Alexander Peya.

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Defending Champions Advance At The Queen’s Club

Top seeds and defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Juan Martin del Potro and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-4 in one hour for a place in the Aegon Championships semi-finals.

They will next face wild cards Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming, who saved five match points to beat third seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 2-6, 7-6(7), 10-8 in one hour and 35 minutes. Rojer and Tecau could not convert three match points on serve at 5-4 in the second set, then at 6/5 and 7/6 in the tie-break.

Marin Cilic, who is through to the singles semi-finals, partnered fellow Croat Marin Draganja to a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over John Isner and Marcin Matkowski in 76 minutes.

Mayer Dives For Hot Shot In Halle 2016

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 4:40pm
Watch Hot Shot as Florian Mayer does his best Boris Becker imitation in Halle. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Zverev To Face Federer In Halle 2016

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:37pm
Sascha Zverev is into the semi-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Federer Overcomes Goffin Challenge Halle 2016

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:35pm
Roger Federer will face Sascha Zverev in the Halle semi-finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Murray Dives For Hot Shot At Queens 2016

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:18pm
Watch Hot Shot as Andy Murray makes a heroic get against Kyle Edmund. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Federer Edges Goffin In Halle QFs

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:29pm

Top seed and eight-time champion Roger Federer is one match away from reaching the Gerry Weber Open final for the 11th time after he defeated fifth seed David Goffin 6-1, 7-6(10) in 81 minutes on Friday. The Swiss broke back with Goffin serving for the second set and secured the win on his fifth match point. 

“I thought it was my best match thus far,” Federer said. “It is a good win for me and I’m clearly very happy to be in the semis."

The Swiss will compete against Alexander Zverev in Saturday's semi-finals. The #NextGen star saw off Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(9), 6-3.

“I thought Zverev played well. He played a crucial huge first set," Federer said. "Marcos should have won that but ended up losing it, the momentum goes Zverev’s way, one break and the match is over. So, credit to Zverev for getting the job done. He’s got a big serve, he’s got a nice backhand, he’s improving his forehand and he’s moving forward. He’s going to be a tough player in the future, no doubt about it.”

Federer won their lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting 6-3, 7-5 at last month's Internazionali BNL d'Italia. The World No. 3 had only played 18 matches in 2016 heading into Halle due to knee and back injuries and is looking for his first title of the year. He lost in the final of Brisbane to Milos Raonic in his first event of the season and was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and at Stuttgart last week (l. to Thiem), losing to the eventual champion on both occasions.

Federer took a 3-0 lead against Goffin in the 21-minute first set, which included five breaks of serve. The pair exchanged service breaks midway through the second set, prior to Goffin breaking Federer to 15 for a 5-4 lead. Goffin failed to convert one set point when serving at 5-4, 40/30 and four more in the second-set tie-break. It was Federer's 29th straight win against Belgian opponents.

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Zverev recorded his 26th match win in a career-best year to knock out 2007 runner-up Baghdatis in just over 90 minutes. Zverev saved five set points at 3/6, 6/7 and 8/9 in the first set tie-break.

“For me it doesn’t really matter what surface it is,” the German said. “It depends more on me, how I play, how I feel. I've played well on all four surfaces. I’ve played well on clay, I’ve played well on hard at the beginning of the year. So, I can’t really say there’s a surface I don’t like or anything like that.

“I always enjoy playing at home. It’s that simple. I always enjoy having the crowd behind me, I always enjoy playing in front of a big crowd. So, for me it’s always quite nice to play here and to play in Hamburg obviously as well. So, I really love both of these tournaments.”

Third seed Dominic Thiem advanced to the semi-finals without hitting a ball when 2011 titlist Philipp Kohlschreiber, the eighth seed, withdrew prior to the match due to a left hip strain. The pair had contested the BMW Open by FWU AG and Mercedes Cup finals this year.

SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW: Alexander Zverev was a year old when Roger Federer debuted on the ATP World Tour. On Saturday, Zverev gets the chance to defeat Federer for the biggest win of his blossoming career and advance to the Gerry Weber Open final. Zverev leads the ATP’s ‘Next Generation’ of Top 200 players born after 1994 with 26 victories this season. He saved five set points in the first set of his quarter-final win over Marcos Baghdatis on Friday.

Likewise, Federer saved five set points in the second set to defeat David Goffin in the quarter-finals. The eight-time champion has reached the Halle semi-finals in 12 straight appearances and would reach his 11th consecutive final at the event by beating Zverev for the second time this season. Federer eliminated Zverev in Rome last month and is on a 13-match winning streak against German opponents since falling to Daniel Brands at Gstaad in 2013.

In the second semi-final, red-hot Austrian Dominic Thiem takes on resurgent German Florian Mayer. The 32-year-old Mayer was 0-5 in Halle quarter-finals before beating 2015 finalist Andreas Seppi on Friday. Recovered from an adductor tear, Mayer seeks his first ATP World Tour final since winning his lone title at Bucharest in 2011. Thiem, however, is 15-1 since May 18 and bidding for his sixth final appearance in less than six months of the 2016 season.

Zverev and Mayer are attempting to become the second pair of Germans to meet for the Gerry Weber Open title after Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Philipp Petzschner in the 2011 final.

Murray Wins Under Gaze Of Former Champions

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:27pm

Andy Murray booked his spot in the Aegon Championships semi-finals on Friday in front of Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt, fellow four-time titlists, who watched courtside at The Queens Club.

Top seed Murray got the better of his frequent practice partner Kyle Edmund, part of the ATP's Next Generation, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. It was the first all-British ATP World Tour quarter-final since 2002 Adelaide, when Tim Henman beat Greg Rusedski, who is commenting for a television broadcaster at the west London tournament this week.

“Kyle was hitting the ball big throughout the match. At the end of that second set, he was going for it,” Murray said. “When he's landing first serves and then getting the first shot of the rally on his forehand, he can dictate a lot of the points. If you want to get to the top of the game, you need to have weapons and he has them.”

Murray is now two match wins away from lifting a record fifth trophy at the historic ATP World Tour 500 tournament. He will face fifth seed and 2012 champion Marin Cilic in Saturday's semi-finals. Murray leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 10-2. Murray, who has won 36 tour-level titles, is now 31-6 on the season.

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Marin Cilic battled his way past Steve Johnson 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes. Johnson recorded his first Top 10 win in the opening round against Richard Gasquet to break a 13-match losing streak against the elite.

"It was very tough," said Cilic. "I think Steve was playing pretty well today. He was serving really well. He was giving me a lot of trouble with his serve. Unfortunately, I played poorly in that first-set tie-break and I had to dig out this match in the second and third set. It wasn't easy. I was 0/40 down in the first game of the third set and the next game on my serve, I was 0/30. So I had to dig [a] few chances out. I'm happy with the way I'm playing, and just hopefully I can continue with good form."

Milos Raonic eased into the semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut. The big-serving Canadian fired 19 aces and improved to 4-0 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Bautista Agut.

“When I was able to get into the point and be at that neutral state, I was able to dictate today,” Raonic said. “I was pretty effective in that situation coming forward. I served well. Other than that one game, it was a pretty good, clean match.”

Raonic will next face Bernard Tomic, who edged Gilles Muller 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2 as darkness descended on The Queen’s Club. Muller hit 26 aces during the 99-minute match, but Tomic converted two of five break points in the deciding set to advance.

SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW: No. 1 seed Andy Murray and No. 5 seed Marin Cilic meet in a clash of the champions as part of semi-final Saturday at the Queen’s Club. Murray is two wins from an all-time record fifth title at the Aegon Championships, which was established in 1890. Cilic captured the title in 2012 before losing it to Murray in the 2013 final. The Croat played six sets Friday – three in his singles win over Steve Johnson and three in doubles with countryman Marin Draganja.

In the second semi-final, No. 3 seed Milos Raonic meets unseeded Aussie Bernard Tomic. Raonic has not dropped a set to Tomic in three prior meetings. All 17 of Raonic’s appearances in an ATP World Tour final have come on hard courts. Likewise, Tomic is bidding for his first grass-court final after playing in five hard-court championship matches. The World No. 22 won back-to-back matches this week for the first time since reaching the Acapulco final in late February.

Four former Queen’s Club finalists are among the coaching teams of the four semi-finalists: 1989 and 1990 champion Ivan Lendl with Murray, 1997 runner-up Goran Ivanisevic with Cilic, four-time champion John McEnroe with Raonic and fellow four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt with Tomic.

Zverev Hits Aerial Hot Shot At Halle 2016

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:03pm
Watch Hot Shot as Sascha Zverev backs up his serve beautifully against Marcos Baghdatis. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Murray And Lendl Team Up At Queens 2016

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:29pm
Andy Murray and tennis legend Ivan Lendl will join forces once again on the ATP World Tour. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.