Rune beats Musetti to reach Queen’s Club semifinals

Holger Rune from Denmark returns the ball to Germany's Yannick Hanfmann during an ATP Tour tennis match in Munich, Germany, Thursday, April 20, 2023. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Second-seeded Holger Rune continued his progress on grass, beating Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semifinals at the Queen’s Club Championships on Friday.

The Dane, who began the week with an 0-3 record on grass, had six aces and saved three of the four break points he faced against his Italian opponent.

Rune, a French Open quarterfinalist this month, next faces seventh-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia.

De Minaur won against unseeded Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in their first meeting on grass, giving him a fourth win in five career matches against the Frenchman.

Later, top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz faced qualifier Grigor Dimitrov, the 2014 champion.

These are Alcaraz’s first professional games on grass outside of Wimbledon. The 20-year-old Spaniard, a semifinalist at the recent French Open, heads to Wimbledon chasing his second Grand Slam title.

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