South Africa’s Kevin Anderson powered into the Queen’s Club semi-finals with a 7-6 (9/7), 7-5 victory against Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Friday.

Anderson was appearing in the quarter-finals of theWimbledon warm-up event for the third time in four years and the world number 17 finally made it to the semi-finals after bludgeoning Garcia-Lopez into submission.

The big-serving 29-year-old slammed down 18 aces and is now within one win of his second ATP Tour final of the year, following his runners-up finish in Memphis in February, as he looks to add to his two career tour-level titles.

Anderson had saved a match point before defeating four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round and claimed the notable scalp of French Openchampion Stan Wawrinka in the second round in west London.

And the 29-year-old, who lives in the United States and expects to be given U.S citizenship later this year, proved rock solid on the key points again as he ruined the first Queen’s last eight appearance for world number 34 Garcia-Lopez.

In Saturday’s semi-finals, Anderson will play either Canadian third seed Milos Raonic or French seventh seed Gilles Simon, who meet in their quarter-final later on Friday.

Also in quarter-final action on Friday, top seed and three-time Queen’s champion Andy Murray faces Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller and John Isner of the United States takes on Serbia’s Viktor Troicki. – Agence France-Presse

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