Andy Murray reaches semi-finals in Roehampton

Andy Murray falls to Dan Evans in Battle of the Brits semi-final

The third-place match will still go ahead with James Ward taking Murray's place, before Evans takes on Kyle Edmund in the final.

The 28th-ranked Evans defeated British No. 2 Kyle Edmund, 6-3, 6-2, in one hour and 18 minutes at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, England.

This is an exhibition tournament but the quality has been high and has given players competition practice while the professional tour is suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Evans made an immediate impression by breaking Edmund in the opening game of the match and although he was immediately broken back, he continued to retain the ascendancy.

The two countrymen traded breaks right away before Evans took control of the first set.

In Friday's action, Evans and Edmund completed the group stage with 100 per cent records. "I wasn't sure how it was going to be. Hopefully, we can do it all again".

"I've learned that I'm not very good at painting and drawing", Murray said.

The 33-year-old Murray, who was playing his first event since November, withdrew from his third-place playoff match against Cameron Norrie after a busy week. One of the shins has been an issue and it's a bit sore, so best not to risk it'.

At the changeover at the stop of the first set, his mentor Jamie Delgado mentioned: "He's played a fantastic established of tennis. It truly is the best set of tennis I've found him enjoy for a extensive time".

"I just wasn't able to do it for long enough in the matches".

"I thought I started the match well and then like in all of my matches this week, my levels dropped off a bit after that", Murray said after his defeat.

Murray is aiming to be fully ready to play again once the season resumes on August 14 - when the time comes for the Citi Open in Washington.

Saturday's doubles final was won by tournament organizer Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski over Evans and Lloyd Glasspool, 0-6, 6-2, 10-6.



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