Anderson powers into Queen's final, Murray delayed

Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:21pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Kevin Anderson produced a devastating display of serving power to reach the final of the Aegon Championships with a 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 defeat of gallant Frenchman Gilles Simon at Queen's Club on Saturday.

Seventh seed Simon watched 34 aces fly past him on the slick Centre Court grass but hung on to stretch the towering South African into a decider before succumbing.

Anderson, ranked 17 in the world, will face either top seed Andy Murray or Serbia's Viktor Troicki in Sunday's final which will be his first on grass.

World number three Murray, bidding for a fourth Queen's Club title, and Troicki were locked at 3-3 in the first set when heavy rain wiped out the rest of the day's play, meaning they will resume at 1000GMT (6:00 a.m. ET) on Sunday.

Troicki slipped and fell and appeared to injure his shoulder during the final point before the rain arrived but was ready to resume when play was suspended.

The 29-year-old Anderson has dropped serve only once on the way to the final, against former champion Lleyton Hewitt in round one when he was a point away from defeat.

Since then he has gathered momentum and has looked impregnable on serve, bashing down 96 aces.

"I think at this point it's more just about the rhythm and the way it feels," the unseeded Anderson told reporters.   Continued...

Tennis - Aegon Championships - Queens Club, London - 20/6/15
South Africa's Kevin Anderson in action during his semi final match
Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien