ATP AEGON Championships: Andy Murray through to last eight with two wins
Last Updated: 13/06/13 7:09pm
Andy Murray takes the plaudits after the second of two wins on Thursday
Andy Murray booked his place in the quarter-finals of the AEGON Championships at Queen's after completing two wins on Thursday.
Returning to action after a back injury forced him to miss the French Open, the world No 2 was made to wait by the weather to complete his first grass-court win of the season on Wednesday against Nicolas Mahut.
Play resumed with the score at 2-2 in the second set and continued with serve, ensuring a tie break was needed to decide it.
Murray was rarely troubled and set up match point with a magnificent forehand down the line, and duly converted it on the next point to wrap up a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) win.
The British No 1 then returned later in the day to despatch Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-2 6-2.
Murray broke Matosevic's serve in the third game of the opening set but it was a second break of serve, to take a 4-1 lead, that really put the Scot in the driving seat with a combination of a perfect backhand down the line and a well-executed lob opening up what proved to be an unassailable gap.
Murray polished off the first set in just 26 minutes and promptly broke Matosevic, who had been handed a walkover into the third round after the withdrawal of Michael Llodra, at the beginning of the second.
Like the first set, Murray again broke for a 4-1 lead but Matosevic broke back immediately to keep himself in the match, but the comeback was short-lived and Murray broke again before serving it out.
Murray will meet fourth seed and French Open semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals if he can beat Germany's Benjamin Becker on Friday.
There was not such good news for fellow Brit Dan Evans, who lost 6-0 6-3 in just 57 minutes to third seed Juan Martin Del Potro.
Evans had already seen off Guido Pella and 13th seed Jarkko Nieminen to set up a meeting with the world No 8 and the Argentinian proved far too strong for Britain's Davis Cup star.
Del Potro will now face four-time Queen's champion Lleyton Hewitt for a place in the semi-final while Evans will move on to Wimbledon, where he has a qualifying wildcard entry.