Top-seeded Murray beats Kl­izan in 3 sets in Vi­enna opener

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Top-seeded Andy Murray lost a set for the first time in 11 matches as he beat Martin Kl­izan of Slo­vakia 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-0 in the open­ing round of the Erste Bank Open yes­ter­day.

The se­cond-ranked Scot, who won the event two years ago, came off back-to-back tour­na­ments wins with­out drop­ping a set in Bei­jing and Shang­hai.

Murray saved three break points in the open­ing game but his serve came not un­der threat for the rest of the first set.

He broke Kl­izan early in the se­cond but dropped serve in an er­ror-strewn game at 4-2. Murray was bro­ken again when serv­ing for the match at 6-5 and lost the tiebreaker from 5-4 up.

Murray con­ceded just two points on own serve in the fi­nal set. He will next play Gilles Si­mon of France.

Ivo Karlovic of Croa­tia and John Is­ner of the United States be­came the first play­ers to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The eighth-seeded Karlovic came back from 5-1 down in the fi­nal set to beat Damir Dzumhur of Bos­nia-Herce­gov­ina 7-6 (6), 46, 7-6 (5).

Ear­lier, Is­ner beat for­mer cham- pion Feli­ciano Lopez 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (2). The 27th-ranked Amer­i­can failed to break the Spa­niard’s serve and missed a match point at 5-4 and again at 6-5 in the fi­nal set. Is­ner dom­i­nated the tiebreaker and closed out the win on his 31st ace.

“The match was so close. My serve helped me a lot,” said Is­ner, who will play Murray or Si­mon in his fifth quar­ter­fi­nal of the sea­son.

In first-round play, Philipp Kohlschreiber of Ger­many ral­lied to beat Stephane Robert of France 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), and Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las of Spain ad­vanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who had not lost to Ramos-Vi­no­las in eight pre­vi­ous matches.

Kei Nishikori ad­vances to Swiss In­doors quar­ter­fi­nals

Kei Nishikori eased past Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the Swiss In­doors se­cond round yes­ter­day.

The third-seeded Ja­panese player did not take any of his six break point chances in an er­rorstrewn first set, and then upped his play in the se­cond against the 38th-ranked Lorenzi.

Ear­lier, sev­enth-seeded Richard Gas­quet of France re­tired when trail­ing 6-2, 2-1 against Ar­gentina’s Guido Pella. Gas­quet won the An­twerp ti­tle on Sun­day.

Juan Martin del Potro was play­ing Robin Haase in a late match.

Kuznetsova makes semis at WTA Fi­nals after beat­ing Pliskova

Svet­lana Kuznetsova be­came the first player to reach the last four of the WTA Fi­nals after seal­ing her se­cond round-robin vic­tory this week, beat­ing Karolina Pliskova yes­ter­day.

Kuznetsova fell to the ground, smil­ing, after se­cur­ing a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win on a fourth match point.

“I felt the sup­port of the crowd and I couldn't let any­one down,” said Kuznetsova, who at 22-8 has the most three-set match wins this year. “So I had to fight.”

When de­fend­ing cham­pion Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska pre­vailed over Gar­bine Mugu­ruza 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the se­cond match, the Pole's win guar­an­teed Kuznetsova's progress in the com­pe­ti­tion.

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