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Tsonga, Murray clash today

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2011 | 12:00 AM

LONDON (AP):Andy Murray of Britain overwhelmed Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-1 to reach the final of the Aegon championships at Queen's Club yesterday.

The second seeded Scot, who won the title in 2009, produced a fine all-round display against an error-prone opponent to win their semi-final in just 59 minutes.

He will face fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in today's final. The Frenchman ended unseeded Briton James Ward's run with a 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory in yesterday's other semi-final.

Murray served 13 aces and ensured Roddick, the third-seeded American, failed in his attempt to become the first player to win five titles at the pre-Wimbledon tournament.

good start

"It was just one of those days,'' Murray said. "I hardly missed a ball and that doesn't happen too often on tour. Everything that touched my racquet was going in and it felt great out there.

"I got off to a good start. Andy's one of the toughest guys on the tour to break, and I managed to get up an early break in both sets, which helped.''

Murray broke for a 2-0 lead when Roddick netted a backhand slice, and that was enough to decide the outcome of the opening set.

Despite the comprehensive defeat, Roddick is not going to panic as he prepares for Wimbledon, which begins June 20.

"I think fine-tuning more so than inventing the wheel next week,'' he said. "Again, I think he did a lot right today. I don't think I did a whole lot wrong. Maybe just execution on a couple balls, so I feel good going into the off week.''

Tsonga, who has won two challenger titles on grass but will be playing his first ATP grass-court final, broke to lead 2-0 against No. 216 Ward and then held off two break points at 3-1 to take the opening set.