|Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his semi-final tennis match against Andy Roddick of the U.S. at the Queen's Club Championships in west London June 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)
LONDON, England -- Andy Murray rolled to a straight-set win over Andy Roddick in a battle of former champions in the semifinals of the Wimbledon tuneup at the Queen's Club.
Murray, the 2009 Queen's champ, had an extra day of rest thanks to a quarterfinal walkover against Marin Cilic, who withdrew Friday because of an ankle injury. The second-seeded Scot took full advantage on Saturday and needed just 59 minutes to post a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over the American.
Roddick won this title three straight years from 2003-05 and again in 2007. He beat Murray in the quarterfinals of this event three years ago, but Saturday's forgettable result left Roddick just 3-7 all-time against the three-time Grand Slam runner-up.
It was really no contest from the start. Murray was dominant on serve, as he blistered 13 aces and did not face a break point in his eight service games. Roddick won a mere nine points in those eight games.
Next up for Murray will be the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and British wild card James Ward. Tsonga pulled off a quarterfinal stunner on Friday by knocking out world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, the 2008 Queen's champ who was coming off his sixth French Open title this past Sunday.
Murray will try for his 17th career title and first of 2011. He was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January and has also had a trio of semifinal losses this year. Nadal beat him in the semis at Monte Carlo and the French Open, while Djokovic eliminated him in the Italian Masters.
This week's champion will take home $113,000.