Hewitt stuns Del Potro to storm into semifinals

Hewitt stuns Del Potro to storm into semifinals

Something about the lawns of London bring out the best in Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt and he gave a glimpse of the grasscourt arts to beat Juan Martin del Potro in Friday's quarterfinals of the Aegon Championships. 

The 32-year-old mixed skidding slices, sharp volleys and accurate serving to keep powerful third seed Del Potro under wraps in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory on a sun-splashed centre court at Queen's Club, ending the match at a gallop. 

The former Wimbledon champion and world number one and four-times Queen's Club winner will face Croatia's Marin Cilic in the last four after the defending champion beat second seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). 

Top seed Andy Murray continued his quest for a third Queen's title with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) defeat of Germany's Benjamin Becker. 

Federer in final

World number three Roger Federer edged closer to his first title of the season when he beat defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Halle Open in Germany on Saturday to book a spot in Sunday's final.

The 31-year-old Swiss looked sharp on the grass court after an erratic start in what was a rematch of last year's final as he prepares for his title defence at Wimbledon this month.

Federer, five-time champion at Halle, will play either Frenchman Richard Gasquet or Russian Mikhail Youzhny who contest the other semifinal later on Saturday.

Hesh-Bopanna in semis

Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna made the semifinals of the men’s doubles posting a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 10-4 victory over British combo of Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray. 

The Indians will take on the top seeded American brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the last four stage.