Murray eases into Queen's final

Sat, 11 Jun 14:48:00 2011

Home favourite Andy Murray thrashed American Andy Roddick 6-3 6-1 in a grasscourt masterclass to reach the final of the Queen's Club championships.

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World number four Murray was in dazzling form in a one-sided contest that was all over inside an hour. He will play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Sunday after the fifth seed overcame unseeded Briton James Ward 6-3 7-6(7) in the second semi.

Murray broke Roddick's first service game and the rest of the match resembled an exhibition from the Scot who looked in ominously good form with Wimbledon looming on the horizon.

"Everything he touched turn to gold," said the 28-year-old Roddick, who beat Murray on their last meeting in the 2009 Wimbledon semi-final.

"He was too good for me today."

Roddick, one of the best grasscourt players in the world with three Wimbledon finals on his CV, simply had no answer to the variety in Murray's game.

Rarely can his fearsome serve have been dealt with so nonchalantly.

Murray appeared to have the ball on a string at times as he pulled Roddick this way and that before tempting the third seed into the net and then flicking away winners at will.

The 24-year-old Scot, now recovered from the ankle injury sustained during his run to the French Open semis, achieved a double break of serve as he galloped away with the second set.

With Roddick serving at 1-5, Murray thumped an unstoppable forehand return off a ferocious Roddick serve, prompting the American to quip "let's keep it social" across the net.

On match point Roddick dumped an attempted drop shot into the net and headed for Wimbledon, a little chastened but still encouraged with his preprations for the grasscourt Grand Slam.

"I feel good going into the off week. I got four matches in and I feel prepared for Wimbledon."

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