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Murray through to first Queen's semifinal

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  • Andy Murray through to semfinals of the Queen's Club tournament in London
  • Top-seeded Briton defeats American eighth seed Mardy Fish in straight sets
  • Murray will now face unseeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero for a final place
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(CNN) -- Top seed Andy Murray is through to the semifinals at Queen's Club for the first time in his career, after a straight sets victory over American eighth seed Mardy Fish on Friday.

Murray reached the semifinals at Queen's Club for the first time after victory over American Mardy Fish.

Murray reached the semifinals at Queen's Club for the first time after victory over American Mardy Fish.

The British number one, who is bidding to become the first homegrown winner of the London event for 71 years, reached the last four with a 7-5 6-3 victory and will now face former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero for a place in Sunday's final.

Unseeded Ferrero despatched Belgium's Steve Darcis 4-6 6-3 6-4 and will provide Murray with a stern test despite his world ranking of 90.

Murray, who dropped just five points on his serve throughout his victory on Friday and smashed 11 aces, told Press Association Sport: "Ferrero played very well in the last two sets. I saw some of the match on the TV and he was hitting the ball very well from the baseline.

"If I serve well I've got a chance like anybody does on grass. I need to make sure that the rest of my game is solid."

Murray is in line to face second seed Andy Roddick in Sunday's climax after the American edged past Croatian ninth seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6 7-6 in a match where serve totally dominated.

The former U.S. Open champion will now play compatriot, and sixth seed, James Blake who put out Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 6-3.

Meanwhile, second seed Novak Djokovic moved into the semifinals of the Halle grass-court tournament with a 6-1 6-4 victory over seventh-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

He will now face Belgian Olivier Rochus, who recovered to beat Germany's Benjamin Becker despite dropping the opening set.

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The other semifinal will be an all-German affair after Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber both went through against Mischa Zverev and Andreas Beck respectively.

Elsewhere, Maria Sharapova continued her Wimbledon preparations with a 6-1 2-6 6-3 victory over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer to reach the last four of the WTA grass-court event in Birmiingham.

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