Plain-sail­ing for Mur­ray, but woes for Rod­dick

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TOP-SEED An­drew Mur­ray reached the semi-fi­nals of the Va­len­cia Open 500 yes­ter­day, beat­ing Al­bert Mon­tanes 6-4 6-2, while fifth-seed Gilles Si­mon crashed out, los­ing 6-4 6-4 to Mikhail Youzhny.

Mur­ray looked comfortable through­out his 73-minute match and broke Mon­tanes of Spain in the first game and again in the ninth to help clinch the set be­fore racing to a 4-0 lead in the sec­ond and se­cur­ing a semi-fi­nal spot.

The Bri­tish player is back from a six-week in­jury lay­off and has not com­peted since a Davis Cup tie in Septem­ber.

Youzhny saved 11 break points in reach­ing his fifth semi-fi­nal of the year.

For Si­mon, the loss to the Rus­sian is a set­back in his bid to se­cure one of the last two berths of the year-end­ing ATP World Tour Fi­nals.

The French­man needed to match the per­for­mance of Fer­nando Ver­dasco in Va­len­cia this week in or­der to clinch a Lon­don berth ahead of the Spa­niard.

Mur­ray will next play the win­ner of the match be­tween Ver­dasco and Tommy Ro­bredo.

Amer­i­can Andy Rod­dick has with­drawn from to­mor­row's Paris Mas­ters tour­na­ment.

The world No 6 is nurs­ing a knee in­jury that forced him to re­tire from the Shang­hai Mas­ters last month. – Sapa-AP and Reuters

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