Double happiness for Garcia

France's Caroline Garcia won two matches in one day to reach the semi-finals of the Mallorca Open on Friday.

Garcia was on court early to finish her Round of 16 clash against Jana Cepelova before getting past Roberta Vinci 6-2, 7-6(8) in the final match of the day on the grass courts of the Spanish island. 

Garcia would save three set points in the second set to earn her straight set win against the Italian veteran.

"It was a long day for me, having to finish my match from yesterday," said the 23-year-old after the match.

"I just want to rest and be ready for tomorrow; it's going to be a big match."

Garcia will face second seed Anastasija Sevastova after the the Latvian defeated the in-form Ana Konjuh 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(5) earlier in the day.

Elsewhere, Julia Goerges and American CiCi Bellis will feature in the other semi-final following their respective wins over Sabine Lisicki and Kristyna Pliskova.

Muguruza and Kvitova into Birmingham semis

Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova reached the semi-finals of the Aegon Classic following their wins on Friday.

The former French Open winner faced CoCo Vandeweghe, but the American was forced to retire with scores at 6-4, 4-6.

Vandeweghe injured her right ankle at the end of the second set and after just two points in the decider, it was clear she could not play through it. 

"I know what it feels like to retire," Muguruza said during her on-court interview. 
"It's very frustrating because she was playing a great match. It's sad for it to end like this. What can I say?"

Muguruza faces Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals after the Australian advanced courtesy of another retirement, this time from Camila Giorgi after Barty was 5-2 up in the first set.

Meanwhile, fifth Kvitova eased past Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 7-6(5) to set up a final four clash with Lucie Safarova, who battled past ninth seed Daria Gavrilova 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(5) in a hotly contest match. 

Cilic maintains perfect record in London

Marin Cilic reached his fourth ATP Tour semi-final of the year on Friday following a straight set win over Donald Young at the Aegon Championships.

The fourth seed, who is yet to drop a set on the grass courts of London this week, eased past the American 6-4, 7-5 in just under 90 minutes.

Cilic's serve was superb, firing 11 aces, making sure he never faced a break point all match. 

"I'm playing really well on grass," said the 30-year-old afterwards.
"I'm looking forward to Wimbledon, but still keeping my feet on the ground and working day by day and just focusing on my game to keep it steady and keep it consistent.”

Cilic now faces Gilles Muller, who defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6(5) earlier in the day. 
"He is going to be the first guy that I'm going to meet, apart from [John] Isner, serving and volleying, and obviously with his lefty serve he's really dominant on his service games on grass," added the tall Croat.

"He is playing really well and last week he won a title. It's definitely going to be tough match for me, but I've just got to focus on myself. I think it was good today that I played against Young, a lefty swinging serve."

Elsewhere, sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, surviving 14 aces from the Russian. 

The Bulgarian will face Feliciano Lopez in the other semi-final, after he saved two match points to battle past seventh seed Tomas Berdych 7-6(5), 6-7(1), 7-5.

Federer through to final four in Halle

Roger Federer is through to the semi-finals of the Gerry Weber Open following a routine straight set win on Friday.

The Swiss Maestro, who is yet to drop a set in Halle, eased past the German 6-3, 6-4 on the grass courts of the German city.

Federer broke first in the fourth game to take 3-1 lead, after which he served out the set. Meyer rallied in the second set to earn two break points early on, but the top seed would save them both.

Another break would see Federer go 4-2 up. While Meyer would ride the wave of German crowd and save two match points to hold serve, Federer would win the final game to love.

Waiting for the Fed Express in the semi-finals is inspiring Russian Karen Khachanov. The world number 106 beat fellow countryman Andrey Rublev 7-6(10), 4-6, 6-3. 

Elsewhere, fourth seed Alexander Zverev was forced to come back from a set down to defeat Roberto Bautista 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-1. Zverev has his serve to thank for the win, as he fired no less than 19 aces during the tie.

Zverev will face veteran Richard Gasquet in the other semi-final after the Frenchman beat Robin Haase 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Konjuh knocks out Azarenka in Mallorca

Ana Konjuh defeated former world number one Victoria Azarenka to reach the quarter-finals of the Mallorca Open.

The seventh seed wasted no time on the grass courts of the Spanish City, needing just 70 minutes to beat the two-time grand slam winner 6-1, 6-3.

The opening set featured some long games but Konjuh would reign supreme, breaking twice to seal the set.

Azarenka would fight back and earn a break in the second set, but it was too late as Konjuh broke back three times to secure her place in the last eight. 

"I know Azarenka is coming back, but it's always tough to play against her," Konjuh said afterwards. 

"She's one of the best players in the world. I was motivated for sure, and I'm really glad that I could play so well today and win."

Waiting for the Croatian in the last eight is second seed Anastasija Sevastova. The Latvian came back from a set down to defeat Vavara Lepchenko 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-3 earlier in the day.

Elsewhere, veteran Roberta Vinci defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the last eight in Spain.

Tough day for top seeds in Birmingham

Top seeds Johanna Konta and Elina Svitolina were both knocked out of the Birmingham Classic on Thursday.

Top seed Konta, who recently reach the WTA Nottingham final, was sent packing in straight sets by Coco Vandeweghe, losing 6-1, 6-3 on the grass courts of the English city.

The Brit was never in the match, with the American  racing out to a 5-0 lead and closing out the opening set in just 25 minutes. 

Konta upped her game in the second set, leveling matters at 3-3, but Vandeweghe would reel off the final three games to advance to the quarter-finals.

There, the world number 30 will face sixth seed Garbine Muguruza, after the former French Open winner eased past Alison Riske 6-1, 6-4.

Earlier in the day, second seed Svitolina fell to Camila Giorgi 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 while fifth seed Kristina Mladenovic beat Shuai Zhang 6-4, 7-6(3). 

Cilic hits cruise control at Queen's

Fourth seed Marin Cilic booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships for the sixth time on Thursday.

The Croat was simply too good for Stefan Kozlov, needing one hour to defeat the American qualifier 6-0, 6-4.

Cilic was completely dominant on serve and lost just seven points in the whole match.

"I don't feel any extra pressure or any more confidence," said the former US Open winner after the match. 
"I'm just focused on my own things, my part of the court, trying to do that well. I've been playing well really since the clay season started... But, I still have to work to improve some areas of my game and maybe get better day after day."

Next up, Cilic faces another American, Donald Young, in the last eight.

Elsewhere, Sam Querrey defeated Jordan Thompson (who notably knocked out top seed Andy Murray in the first round) 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 in a touch over two hours. 

Russia's Daniil Medvedev and Feliciano Lopez of Spain also advanced to the quarter-finals following their straight set wins over Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jeremy chardy respectively. 

Federer advances to Halle quarters

Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open following an impressive straight set win over Mischa Zverev on Thursday.

The Swiss Maestro needed 90 minutes on the grass courts of the German city to defeat the local hopeful 7-6(4), 6-4.

In a match dominated by serve, Federer was better in the clutch moments, converting pressure into points when it counted. 

At 5-4 down in the opening set, Zverev would rally to save three set points to eventually force a tiebreaker. While Zverev went 4-3 up, Federer reeled off the final four points to clinch the set. 

The second set saw just one break, after the wich the top seed went on to serve out the match. Federer is chasing a record ninth title in Halle, first winning at the venue in 2003.

The victory books in a date with Florian Meyer, who came back from a set down to defeat Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3 in a touch under two hours.

Elsewhere, Kei Nishikori was forced to retire due to a back injury while down 3-2 in the opening set, meaning world number 38 Karen Khachanov advances.

Finally, in an all-Russian affair Andrey Rublev defeated Mikhail Touzhny 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

Rusedski: Murray can still win Wimbledon

Andy Murray can still win Wimbledon despite his recent poor form, according to former British No 1 Greg Rusedski.

Murray fell to a shock defeat in the first round of the Aegon Championships on Tuesday, losing in straight sets to Australian world number 90 Jordan Thompson.

The loss came less than two weeks before the start of Wimbledon and leaves Murray short of opportunities for match practice ahead of the season’s third grand slam.

It also comes as Murray is struggling for form this season, the world No 1 has lost nine times already this year, his only recent run being to the semi-finals at Roland Garros, where he lost in five sets to Stan Wawrinka..

Rusedski, though, said that the defeat is nothing to worry about.

“Everyone is blowing it out of all proportion,” said Rusedski.

“It’s one match. At the end of the day this isn’t Wimbledon. He has another 10 days left before he has to open up the tournament so we shouldn’t read too much into this.

“It means he’s going to get a bit more practice time, he’ll be able to get on the grass at Wimbledon, which is a little slower, and on top of that the conditions are not going to be as hot. I really think Andy is going to be fine.”

Murray has yet to enter another tournament in a bid to get some match practice on grass, something both he and Novak Djokovic have done in the past, but that isn’t a concern for Rusedski.

“I don’t see the lack of matches as a problem,” Rusedski said.

“He’ll just go play a few exhibition matches. Novak has won Wimbledon before without playing any matches leading in and Rafa has done the same, so let’s all not panic about it.

“The other thing as well is it’s three out of five sets at Wimbledon. In a two out of three match at Queen’s a guy can beat you but the best players tend to come out on top in those longer battles.”

Dimitrov and Berdych advance at Queen's Club

Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych advanced to the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships on Wednesday.

Dimitrov, seeded sixth in London, came back from a set down to defeat Frenchman Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on the grass courts of London. 

The Bulgarian's serve was on point, firing 15 aces to make up for losing his opening service game and the set with it. 

"I'm just focusing on my things and what I have to do," the world number 11 said after the match.
"The outcome was great. I'm just happy that I won the match and I think even happier that I didn't play my best and I won. I think with each match, the level gets higher and higher."

Meanwhile, Berdych was pushed all the way by Denis Shapovalov, eventually winning 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 7-5 in nearly two and a half hours.

The match featured just one break of serve, which came in the final game as Berdych secured the win.

Elsewhere, fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was knocked out by Gilles Muller, losing 6-4, 6-4 while America's Donald Young eased past Viktor Troiki 6-3, 6-4.