Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Tennis | ATP

Andy Murray © Gallo Images

Murray takes chances to reach Brisbane semis



Defending champion Andy Murray moved into the semifinals of the Brisbane International on Friday when he downed a tenacious Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Murray, back on court after playing the late match on Thursday night, took his chances against Istomin on a few key points, edging out the world number 43 in two tight sets in just over an hour and a half.

The Scot broke Istomin once in the first set – his only break point of the match – then came from 1-3 down in the tie-break to win the next six points and take the match.

By contrast, Istomin had two break points on Murray's serve but was unable to convert either.

Murray, who had a tough three-setter against Australia's John Millman in the previous round, was happy with his form this early in the season.

"It was a decent match, there were a few long rallies – it was quite a tough time of day to play on this court because of the shadows," Murray said.

"But for the most part, it was pretty good quality. He served well for the majority of the first set, and especially well at the beginning the second.

"I didn't really have that many chances on returns, so I needed to serve well today. That helped."

Murray now plays occasional training partner Kei Nishikori, the Japanese No 1, whom he beat in the quarterfinals of last year's Australian Open.

Nishikori, who reached the final four with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win over 2012 runner-up Alexandr Dolgopolov, said he was looking forward to the challenge of playing Murray.

"He could be the next No 1 player so it's going to be tough," the 23-year-old said.

"I think I lost a couple of times, three or four times, against him. He always plays good. He doesn't give me easy points.

"Hopefully I'll play well and be aggressive and try to go to the net more often."

Rising star Grigor Dimitrov will take on crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the second semifinal.

The Bulgarian, ranked 48th in the world, has been impressive all week and won easily against seventh seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2.

He upset second seed Milos Raonic in straight sets in the second round, blasted 17 aces against Melzer to take his tally to 37 aces in three matches.

"I've been serving quite well these days, I've been feeling good all over the court in general," he said.

"Today was also one of these matches I wasn't feeling 100 percent on the court, but I had to get through it.

"Then actually the serve was the tool that got me out of there. I was pretty happy with that."

Baghdatis also caused an upset when he downed third seed Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4, breaking the Frenchman once in each set.

"I started a bit slow, making some unforced errors," Baghdatis said. "But then I started to find the rhythm and started playing very aggressively. I'm happy with the way I'm playing."

Shop

Tennis - Know the game
Contains what you need to know about the sport, including equipment, rules, techniques and training tips
R64.55
Open: An Autobiography
He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court -- but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the...
R144.32
Wimbledon 2013 (Pre-order)
The Official Story of the Championships
R318.99


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Kevin Anderson
Challenging the system
Tennis can be a tough sport. There are days when you win matches that you shouldn’t. There are also...