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Tennis: Murray moves through to doubles semis

AFP , Saturday 22 Jun 2019
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Britain's Andy Murray in action (Photo: REUTERS)
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Former world number one Andy Murray's dream return continued on Saturday as he and Feliciano Lopez progressed to the doubles semi-finals at Queen's.

The 32-year-old, who is making his first competitive appearance since what he termed 'life-changing' hip surgery, and his partner polished off the all-British pairing of Dan Evans and Ken Skupski 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Lopez was on court having just reached the singles final by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4.

After their match was suspended on Friday evening for poor light, Murray and Lopez resumed at a set up but 5-4 down in the second.

Murray, who had chatted with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho while he was warming up, produced the shot of the ensuing tie-breaker, racing back to get to a lob and unleashing a stunning backhand winner.

With victory secured, Murray and Lopez then sat courtside to await defending champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers who they were facing for a place in the final.

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