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Friday, 17 June 2016 11:31 AM BST
Britfest at Queen's as Murray beats Bedene to face Edmund
Wimbledon.com rounds up the action from the Aegon Championships. READ MORE

You wait 10 years for a match against another British player, and then two come along at once.

This is the scenario facing Andy Murray who, after a decade-long run without playing another Brit, set up an Aegon Championship quarter-final clash with Kyle Edmund by defeating Aljaz Bedene.

The last meeting between Murray and another Brit occurred in 2006, when Tim Henman beat him in Bangkok.

Bedene, the current British No.2, has been posting steadily improved results in recent months, and reached the third round at Roland Garros.

But after failing to convert a break point in the opening game, Bedene struggled against relentless Murray pressure, and although he frustrated the British No.1 by fending off four break points early in the second set and breaking back at 2-1, he eventually fell 6-3, 6-4.

Bedene had admitted he hoped the match would provide him with the opportunity to introduce himself to some of the British fans who may not be so aware of him, and Murray felt his opponent would only get better with time.

"He serves well. He has a nice forehand, as well. He's quick. I don't think he moves his best on grass, but he's still fast. He moves well on the hard courts and the clay," he said.

"He'll get better. I don't think 58 will be his best ranking."

Next up for Murray is Kyle Edmund, who was handed a walkover after Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu - who had beaten Dan Evans in the previous round - withdrew.

Edmund recorded a career-best win ranking wise against Gilles Simon in his opener at Queen's, and although the British No.3 is fully aware of the scale of the task ahead of him, he remains confident of playing the game he knows.

"He's world No.2 in the world for a reason," he said.

"I will go in there and play my game. When I get on court, it doesn't matter who you're playing. Whoever you're playing, I will just go on and do what I can do."

Although the pair haven't met in a Tour level match, Edmund did get the better of Murray at the inaugural Tie Break Tens event at the Royal Albert Hall last December, beating him 10-7 in the final.

"It was just very quick," said Edmund of that night.

"It was sort of go in there and play. It probably helped me that he last played on clay at the Davis Cup and change of surfaces. He was probably a little bit tired and stuff."

"We have played points. I think maybe in San Diego on the clay before, I was certainly winning. I think I was up a break."


John Isner crashed out of the Aegon Championships in a truly remarkable match that saw him squander 10 match points and involved the longest tie-break at the tournament since 1997. 

Facing Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, the big-serving American might have been confident of sailing through to the quarter-finals after taking the first set 6-3.

But after forcing a tie-break in the second set, Muller then saved five match points before triumphing 18-16 to force a decider.

And he engineered another stunning escape in the third, once more saving five match points before, somehow, taking the deciding set 9-7 in a tiebreak.


Canadian Milos Raonic continued his positive grass-court start under new coach John McEnroe, defeating Jiri Vesely 7-5 7-6 (8-6) to set up a meeting with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

The world No.9 is likely to pose a stern threat on the Wimbledon grass this summer, particularly as the American - who was so renowned for his skills at the net - has been working on complementing the Canadian's monster serve with some improved volley skills.

"Most of the time it is about positioning on the volleys, where to be, especially when you see a guy maybe sort of off-balance or which angles to cover," said Raonic when asked what McEnroe had been teaching him.

"We have also worked a lot on being quick to realize opportunities to move forward or be aggressive earlier in points, which sometimes I would give up."

When asked whether he felt his new coach could help him reach his first Grand Slam final, Raonic replied:  "I believe so."

"If I didn't believe that for a second, they wouldn't be on my team. We all have goals that are far beyond where I am right now."

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