Andy Murray battled past fellow Brit Aljaz Bedene in the second round on the grass of Queen's Club to set up a quarter-final against another Brit Kyle Edmund on Friday.
Murray won 6-3 6-4, but the match was not quite as straightforward as the score suggested. Bedene served accurately and pushed Murray around the court, and the British No1 had to use all of his grass-court guile to overcome his opponent. Bedene out-aced Murray 11-6, but had his serve broken three times by the world No2.
Murray was moderately pleased with his performance: "Not bad – he was a different opponent to [Nicolas] Mahut, Aljaz plays from the back, there were a few more rallies and I'm still getting used to the conditions. It's good that British players are doing well, I'm happy there's more Brits around, I had a feeling I was going to play a Brit here."
Of his next opponent Murray said: "Kyle is improving all of the time, it's been a steady progression for him, he's very professional and works hard, he's going in the right direction. It's good for him to get to the latter stages, he's doing well on all surfaces."
Bedene enjoyed his time on Centre Court: "I stared pretty well, it's always a pleasure to play him. I hope I showed myself in a good light, I'm happy with my performance. It was great. It felt like home playing for the first time at Queen's."
Murray is in pursuit of an unprecedented fifth title at Queen's, and next faces Edmund, who reached the quarters when his second-round opponent Paul-Henri Mathieu of France pulled out with an injury. It will be the first all-British quarter-final on the ATP Tour since Adelaide in 2002 when Tim Henman played Greg Rusedski.