Murray hails Edmund after winning all-British clash
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[June 18, 2016]
LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray
hailed his Davis Cup team mate Kyle Edmund as the future of British
tennis on Friday after subduing a robust challenge from his
potential young successor to reach the semi-finals of the Aegon
The class of world number two Murray told in the third set as he
eased away to a 6-4 3-6 6-1 win in the first singles quarter-final
of an ATP tour event to feature two British men since Tim Henman
beat Greg Rusedski in Adelaide in 2002.
Yet Murray had seen enough here the 21-year-old who helped Britain
win the Davis Cup last season to tell the crowd during an on-court
interview afterwards: "Obviously Kyle's the future of the game in
"It's important that he's given time to develop at his own rate and
that too much pressure isn't put on him. If he's given time and a
little bit of space to keep developing, he can go very far."
Edmund, the world number 85 who says Murray has been the inspiration
in his development, produced a tremendous second set to illustrate
his promise but Murray moved up another gear to continue his assault
on a record fifth Queen's Club title.
With Wimbledon just over a week away, Murray had one scare when he
slipped on the wet grass and fell awkwardly but reported afterwards:
"It was a bit of a shock at first but I'm fine."
Murray now faces Croatia's former Queen's winner Marin Cilic, who
beat American Steve Johnson 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4.
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Great Britain's Andy Murray in action during his quarter final match
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Milos Raonic's new coaching link-up with John McEnroe took another
smooth step forwards as the Canadian overpowered Spain's Roberto
Bautista-Agut 6-1 6-4 to set up the other semi against Bernard
Tomic, who beat Gilles Muller 7-6(5) 4-6 6-2.
(Reporting by Ian Chadband; Editing by Toby Chopra and Ken Ferris)
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