Andy Murray beats Kyle Edmund to reach Queen's Club semi-finals

By Piers NewberyBBC Sport at Queen's Club
Queen's 2016: Andy Murray beats Kyle Edmund to reach semi-final
Aegon Championships
Venue: Queen's Club, London Dates: 13-19 June
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Andy Murray saw off British opposition for the second day running as he beat Kyle Edmund to reach the semi-finals at Queen's Club.

Murray, seeded number one, came through 6-4 3-6 6-1 as he chases a record fifth Aegon Championships title.

Edmund, 21, put up a strong challenge before Murray took control in the final set.

The Scot will face Marin Cilic in the last four after the Croat beat American Steve Johnson 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-4.

Canadian third seed Milos Raonic will play Australian Bernard Tomic in the other semi-final after victories over Roberto Bautista Agut and Gilles Muller respectively.

"I train with Kyle, I know how good he is," Murray told BBC Sport after his win.

"He's a big, strong guy with a very powerful game. When he's on he's very difficult to play in practice, and I felt it today as well. I expected it to be hard."

Momentous match
It was the first all-British Queen's Club quarter-final in the Open era and the first last-eight encounter between two Brits on the ATP Tour since Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in Adelaide in 2002.

Murray battles back after nasty fall

Murray knows Edmund well after inviting the Englishman to join him in Miami for off-season training for the past three years, but this was their first competitive meeting.

Edmund had beaten eighth seed Gilles Simon in round one and began with a confident service game.

His heavy serve and forehand were in evidence, as well as some flashes of skill in the forecourt, with a sharp volley helping him recover an early break.

Murray broke again on his way to clinching the first set, a spectacular lunging volley bringing the crowd alive, but the top seed twice fell a break down in the second.

Andy Murray
Murray had a painful fall in the second set but recovered well

Edmund's big forehand took him 4-2 ahead - after a nasty slip at the net by Murray - and the world number 85 came through a dramatic game of three break points to level at one set all.

With grey clouds gathering, Murray stepped on the accelerator in the final set.

A brilliant running forehand in the first game and some typically sharp returning helped him to a 3-0 lead, and he closed it out from 15-40 down thanks to some good serving.

"I am pleased with the way I played and overall it's been a positive week for me," said Edmund.

Match stats
2Double faults1
60First serve %61
38Break point conversion %50

"I thought I played well but Andy is so tough to beat because he makes it so difficult for you when it really matters."

'Edmund needs time and space'

Murray made his breakthrough in terms of public attention with a run to the last 16 at Queen's Club in 2005, when ranked 357th in the world, and he made a plea on Edmund's behalf.

Kyle Edmund
Edmund has risen from 320th in the world to a current ranking of 85 over the past two years

"Kyle's the future of the game in this country," said Murray. "It's important that he's given time to develop at his own rate and not too much pressure is put on him.

"He's doing great, he's improving every year and he's got a really good team behind him.

"If he's given time and a little bit of space to keep developing and not too much pressure on the results at this stage, he can go very far."

Analysis - Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith

Smith is usually in Murray's player box for matches at Queen's Club, but this time he took a seat at the back of the court - "neutral territory", as he described it.

"It was a big day for Kyle but he gets a lot out of it," said Smith.

"I think he showed he wasn't overwhelmed by the occasion. He's got weapons - a great serve and a big forehand - but it's the other areas of his game he's starting to develop.

"This match is another learning experience but this week is a step forwards.

"The win against a top-20 player in the first round is another signal to him of what's possible, and I think he's a on a great track."

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