Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/15/12
It was getting dark and chilly in southwest London by the time Sam Querrey defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the Aegon Championships on Friday. But the tall, 24-year-old American didn't care about that. He was just mightily relieved to have come through a tough match to reach his first semifinal of the year on the ATP tour. "It's been a while -- over a year since I was in the semis," he said. "It feels great. Each match you play on grass feels better, you get more comfortable with the footing. But we both served well -- over 70 percent. So it was difficult to break him, but I came up with a good game in the third set." A lob, a good return and a fine volley were the string of shots Querrey produced to finally break Dodig, a compact, fast-moving athlete whom Querrey had beaten in four sets at Wimbledon two years ago. Now Querry faces a potentially more difficult challenge in Marin Cilic, who, like Querrey, stands 6-foot-6 and serves just as hard as the American. "H...
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