Plain-sailing for Murray, but woes for Roddick
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American Andy Roddick has withdrawn from tomorrow's Paris Masters tournament.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