Muller makes further strides in Nottingham

The experienced left-hander from Luxembourg triumphed 6-3 6-4 in Nottingham on Thursday to set up a last-four encounter with second seed Pablo Cuevas.

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Gilles Muller of Luxembourg reacts after winning a point.

Gilles Muller continued his fine form on grass this season by beating fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the semi-finals of the Aegon Open.

The experienced left-hander from Luxembourg triumphed 6-3 6-4 in Nottingham on Thursday to set up a last-four encounter with second seed Pablo Cuevas.

World number 41 Muller was beaten by Bernard Tomic at the quarter-final stage at Queen's last week, having ousted David Ferrer en route to the final in 's-Hertogenbosch, and is once again mounting a strong challenge for a first ATP World Tour title this week.

Eighth seed Muller won all but three points on his first serve, booming down 14 aces and grasping three of nine break-point opportunities to seal victory in just an hour and 10 minutes.

Dolgopolov, playing his first grass-court tournament of the year, led 2-0 in the second set, but Muller came storming back and turned on the style with an audacious between-the-legs winner down the line before wrapping up a clinical victory.