11 Jun 2011

Roddick shines at Queens Club

12:33 pm on 11 June 2011

Andy Roddick mowed down Fernando Verdasco at the Queen's Club tennis championships to set up a semi-final showdown against home favourite Andy Murray.

The American, three times runner-up at Wimbledon, cranked up his serve, ripped his forehands and even got in some useful 'rain-delay' practise during a 6-2 6-2 defeat of off-key Spaniard Verdasco.

Second seed Murray had it even easier, though, as his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic withdrew with an ankle injury shortly before they were due on court.

Third seed Roddick, bidding for a record fifth title at the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event that has a roll of honour featuring some of the greats of tennis, says he loves the all-too-brief grasscourt season.