Deja vu as Roddick beats Karlovic to enter Queen’s final

June 13th, 2009 - 3:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Andy Roddick London, June 13 (DPA) Andy Roddick pounded home a perfect serve to conclude a battle of aces and join top seed Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the Queen’s Club event Friday with a 7-6(4), 7-6(5) defeat of Ivo Karlovic.
The second seed’s victory over the towering Croatian was a repeat of his 2005 finals victory against Karlovic. The score was also the same - two tiebreaks.

“I don’t think I lost a point on my serve in the tie-breakers and that’s what you’ve got to do against him,” said Roddick.

“You have to be ready to be sharp when you do get the opportunity or when you do have to play a point. So mentally it’s a little tricky.”

Murray, who has needed little more than an hour per match to get this far in west London, booked his last-four place against unexpected Spanish opponent Juan Carlos Ferrero after defeating American Mardy Fish 7-5, 6-3 in 70 minutes.

The Scot’s win was his 38th of the season, with the world No. 3 yet to drop a set this week.

Ferrero, 2003 French Open champion and US Open finalist against Roddick, reached the first grass semi-final of his career at age 29 with a win over Belgian Steve Darcis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Roddick will face off with Davis Cup teammate James Blake, who defeated Russian Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Karlovic and Roddick produced 50 aces between them on the fast lawns, the American finishing with his 24th to go through on his fifth match point.

Roddick has won the elite Wimbledon tune-up event four times, claiming 28 of 31 matches at the venue.

Murray said he will have to serve to a high standard when he takes on the experienced Ferrero for the first time. “There will be a lot more rallies,” said the Scot.

“Ferrero has a very good return, he was hitting the ball well from the baseline. But the rest of my game will have to be on, not just the serve and the return,” he added.

“The tougher the matches get, the more you find out about your game, so far I’ve been happy with it.”

Ferrero finds himself in an unfamiliar position two months after winning his first title since 2003 with clay success in Casablanca.

“After three matches here, I feel very well on the court right now,” said the Spaniard, last from his nation to hold the No. 1 ranking before Rafael Nadal. “I’m serving very well, and with my backhand I can hit the ball very strong.”

“I’m moving well, that’s the most difficult thing on grass.”

“Andy’s playing amazing and having great results. He’s third in the world so it’s always going to be tough to beat him,” Ferrero added.

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