Tennis – Murray fights past Ferrer


Andy Murray fought off the challenge of David Ferrer in four sets to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the sixth time.

Murray has four times gone on to reach the final in Melbourne, but he has yet to claim the title and will be desperately hoping to do so this time, with the Scot 4/1 with Bet365 to land the Australian Open crown.
The second seed, who held a 12-6 winning record against Ferrer going into the match, made a strong start to take the first set 6-3, only to be pegged back in a tie-break in the second set.
However, he took control from that point on and eventually ran out a 6-3 6-7 6-2 6-3 winner to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the 18th time in his career.
Murray admitted that he had been pushed hard by Ferrer before finally quelling the fighting spirit of the Spaniard, telling the ATP Tour website: “It was a pretty brutal match.
“It was pretty physical. I held up pretty good, I think.”