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In a match that featured two former Queen’s Club champions, Andy Roddick edged out No.15 seed Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(2), 7-6(4) to reach the quarter-finals for the seventh straight year.
After the start of match had been delayed due to a security alert, Hewitt held the only break point in the eighth game of the second set but failed to capitalise as Roddick clinched both tie-breakers in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Roddick is looking to reach his third ATP World Tour final this season after triumphing in Memphis (d. Stepanek) and finishing runner-up to Andy Murray in Doha. The American, who has reached the quarter-finals or better at eight tour-level events this season, improved to a 32-7 record.
In a repeat of the 2005 Queen’s Club final, Roddick will face ninth seeded Ivo Karlovic has he dismissed Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4.