Murray books first all-British Queen’s quarter-final
Andrew Landry is the early leader at the US Open in Oakmont.
He led a group four players on two-under that included former world number one Lee Westwood and fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, New Zealand’s Danny Lee and American Kevin Streelman.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth, the world number two trying to become the first player since Curtis Strange in 1988-89 to win back-to-back US Opens, was in a group at oneunder with one birdie in his first four holes.
World number three Rory McIlroy was oneover through five. McIlroy missed the first three fairways, making back to back bogeys at the second and third after finding bunkers at both.
He clawed back a shot with a creative birdie at the par-five fourth, where he reached the green in two but at 60 feet from the pin opted to chip
But with scattered thunderstorms in the forecast, the field faced a potentially frustrating afternoon on a course already reckoned among the hardest to host a US Open.
A stream of the game’s best could only shake their heads during early week practice rounds as they recounted the dangers and difficulties posed by the par-70, 7,219 course laid out in rolling country northeast of Pittsburgh.
“You have to be so disciplined,” McIlroy said. “One of the real challenges about this golf course, especially after taking so many trees away, is that it’s a big, wide-open space now and you’re hitting into these tight fairways.
“There’s not really a whole lot of definition out there. So you have to be so zoned in to where you want your target to be.”—AFP LONDON—Andy Murray set up the first all-British Queen’s Club quarter-final in the Open era as the defending champion Adelaide in 2002 when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski 6-4, 6-4.
“It wasn’t bad. I’m still getting used time - it’s not one massive leap but every year he gets a bit better.”
Murray is bidding for a record fifth Queen’s crown and the world number two took just 83 minutes to extend his fine career record in west London to 27-5 and book a sixth appearance in the Queen’s last eight. The 29-year-old Scot, who resumed his partnership with coach Ivan Lendl this week after a two-year separation, next takes on Davis Cup team-mate Edmund, who was given a walkover into the quarter-finals after his French opponent PaulHenri Mathieu pulled out with a wrist problem.
The promising South Africa-born 21year-old had enjoyed the best win of his career on Wednesday when he defeated French world number 18 Gilles Simon in the first round.
While there was another more highprofile Battle of Britain going on across the English Channel in France, where England and Wales clashed in Euro 2016, there was plenty at stake for Murray in a rare meeting with a compatriot.
It was the first time Murray had faced a British opponent at Tour level on home soil and the first time anywhere since he lost to Henman in Bangkok in 2006.
Slovenia-born Bedene, ranked 58th, had lost all eight of his previous matches against top 10 opponents and Murray ensured that barren sequence was extended to nine.
Murray had battled hard to subdue Nicolas Mahut in two tie-breaks in the first round and initially he looked out of sync against Bedene.
Appearing to be discomforted by a shoulder problem, Murray had to save a break point in the first game. But he gradually found some rhythm and broke for a 5-3 lead before serving out the first set with the minimum fuss.—AFP
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