Andy Murray reaches Surbton semi-final

Andy Murray defeated Brandon Nakashima in straight sets to reach the semifinals in Surbiton.

The three-time grand slam winner sent the 20-year-old American 6-4 7-6 (7-1), extending his impeccable record at the Surbiton Trophy.

Murray got past Nakashima with little concern, with the 35-year-old moving closer and closer to a first grass singles title in six years.

“Conditions were tough, it was a bit rough,” said Murray right after the track victory.

“And there was some old-fashioned grass tennis here.

“I like it here, but it’s different from Wimbledon and Queen’s, in the way the field plays.

“It’s a lot faster here and there aren’t many opportunities to break the service.

“I had to stay strong at the end of the second set.”

Fifth seed Nakashima became the last opponent to fall to Murray this week without taking a set from the decorated British star.

Murray has chosen to play at Surbiton to hone his lawn game ahead of another attack at Wimbledon.

The Scottish star’s injury battles of recent years continue to take their toll, but Murray is determined to arrive in top form at SW19 in the coming weeks.

Murray wasn’t too concerned about sacking Nakashima, to boost wins over Gijs Brouwer and Jurij Rodionov this week in Surrey.

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