Mur­ray, Fer­rer ad­vance to semis

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ANDY Mur­ray beat Davis Cup team­mate Kyle Ed­mund and David Fer­rer dis­patched Ger­man young­ster Alexan­der Zverev as ex­pe­ri­ence won out over youth in the China Open quar­ter-fi­nals yes­ter­day.

The three-time Grand Slam cham­pion was forced into a tense 20-point tie break in the first set by his 21-year-old com­pa­triot, fi­nally clinch­ing it with a fore­hand pass­ing shot.

But Ed­mund — who up­set 18th-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut in the sec­ond round — was un­able to hold his serve in the sec­ond, con­ced­ing the match 7-6 (11/9), 6-2.

Zverev, 19, was look­ing to cap a break­out sea­son with a sec­ond ti­tle in Bei­jing, but was un­able to cap­i­talise on his first set lead as he was over­pow­ered by Fer­rer 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 7-5.

The Ger­man up­set the Swiss world No 3, Stanis­las Wawrinka, to win his maiden ATP ti­tle at St Peters­burg in Septem­ber, hav­ing downed No 9 To­mas Berdych in the semis.

In Bei­jing he beat 10th-ranked Aus­trian Do­minic Thiem in the first round, mak­ing him the first teenager to de­feat three top 10 play­ers in a row since Boris Becker in 1986.

De­spite the loss, Zverev — who started the year ranked 83 — is ex­pected to rise to 21 when the new rank­ings are re­leased on Monday as he edges to­wards a place in the top 20 for the first time. — AFP

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