Querrey reaches Queen's Club semis

Querrey reaches Queen's Club semis

Published Jun. 15, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Sam Querrey reached his first semifinal since he went on to win the Los Angeles event in August 2010, defeating Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 at Queen's Club on Friday.

The American took the opening set after Dodig double-faulted to give Querrey a 6-5 lead. In the second set, a netted forehand at 4-3 earned Dodig the only break, and in the final set a forehand error at 3-2 left Querrey in charge.

''Tough match,'' Querrey said. ''We both served very well so it was just a matter of a couple of points here and there. I'm proud of myself after losing the second set to come back strong in the third.''

Querrey will next face sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, who advanced 6-4, 2-0 when Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan retired because of groin pain.


Lu made the more positive start and led 2-0, but Cilic responded by winning 16 of the next 18 points to lead 4-2.

Cilic broke serve to lead 1-0 in the second set and won the last seven points of the match.

Lu had earlier upset third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in a third-round match that was suspended overnight because of rain.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov reached his first career semifinal by upsetting ninth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, closing out the match on his third match point.

''He's one of the biggest servers I've ever played,'' Dimitrov said. ''I had to just kind of find a way to put the ball in the court somehow here and there. I think that's what happened in the second and third set.''

David Nalbandian twice came from behind to reach the semifinals, first overcoming Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a third-round match postponed on Thursday, and then beating Xavier Malisse of Belgium 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's participation at Wimbledon remains in doubt after his injured finger was examined at a clinic in Geneva.

The Frenchman injured the little finger of his right racket hand when he fell during the final set of his third-round defeat to Dodig on Thursday.

Although there is no break as Tsonga feared, the finger is severely strained. He will undergo a further examination on Monday.


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