Kyle Edmund puts up fight but is no match for Andy Murray's magic
The first all-British quarter-final on the main tour for 14 years lived up to expectations as Kyle Edmund pushed Andy Murray hard before experience got the better of youth here at the Aegon Championships.
Murray won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to earn a semi-final meeting today with Marin Cilic, but only after Edmund had underlined why he is regarded as one of the best players of his generation.
Edmund, aged 21, is often at his best on clay, but the world No 85 - who should climb into the top 70 for the first time next week - showed that he also has the potential to perform well on grass.
His big serve and crunching forehands can be major weapons on any surface.
Although his volleys are not up to the same standard, he showed an admirable willingness to try his chances at the net, while some of his approach shots were played with a subtlety that has not always been evident in his game.
Murray, who is aiming to become the first player to win this title five times, won despite a nasty fall in the second set which left him with a sore groin.
He was particularly impressive in the way he upped his level in the third set, which he needed to do after Edmund's big-hitting had paid off in the second.
"Kyle was hitting the ball big throughout the match, but at the end of that second set, when he went up, he was going for it," Murray said. "His forehand is a big shot. That's his main weapon.
"He has a big serve. When he's landing first serves and then getting the first shot of the rally on his forehand he can dictate a lot of the points. If you want to get to the top of the game, you need to have weapons - and he has them.
"He doesn't have a real weakness from the back. His backhand is solid. There are obviously things he's going to continue to improve as well, but he is improving all the time."
After a week spent dodging between the showers, the sun finally came out for the first all-British quarter-final at this level since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski met in Adelaide in 2002.
Cilic, who came from behind to beat Steve Johnson 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, won the title here four years ago and lost to Murray in the following year's final. The 27-year-old Croatian has lost 10 of his 12 meetings with Murray but beat him in Rotterdam two years ago and at the US Open in 2009.