Andy Murray beats Becker to reach Queen`s semis

London: Top seed Andy Murray entered the semifinals of the Queen`s Club grass court championship for the third time defeating Germany`s Benjamin Becker here.

Murray, ranked second in the world and twice a Queen`s champion, won a testing match 6-4, 7-6(3) Friday to set up a semifinal showdown against French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tsonga, a beaten semifinalist at the French Open, beat American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2.

Bad weather had forced Murray to complete his opening two matches Thursday but he saw off Becker in bright sunshine and a stiff breeze, despite a rather more uneven performance.

Lleyton Hewitt upset Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. The Australian veteran will take on defending champion Marin Cilic, who shocked second seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6(4).