Mur­ray sur­vives seven match points

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Andy Mur­ray saved seven match points be­fore beat­ing Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4), 7-6 (18), 6-1 to reach the Dubai Cham­pi­onships semi­fi­nals. The sec­ond-set tiebreaker lasted 31 min­utes.

Mur­ray will play Lu­cas Pouille of France in the semi­fi­nals. Pouille needed three match points to de­feat Rus­sian qual­i­fier Evgeny Don­skoy 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (2). Ear­lier, for­mer top-10 star Fer­nando Ver­dasco up­set fourth­seeded Gael Mon­fils 6-3, 7-5 in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

■ No­vak Djokovic ral­lied to beat Ar­gen­tinian Juan Martin Del Potro in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to ad­vance to the Mex­i­can Open quar­ter­fi­nals in Mex­ico City.

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