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Murray, Wawrinka reach semis

Murray, Wawrinka reach semis
Andy Murray set up a World Tennis Championship semifinal clash with Rafael Nadal when he battled to a hard-earned 7-6 (7/1), 5-7, 6-4  win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on Thursday.  Murray, 27, needed five match points before he secured victory and will next look to clinch a double over Nadal in the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament having defeated the Spanish great in the final in 2009. “It was really good. We played two-and-a-half hours, and it was a fairly high-quality match. There were some periods in  the match, a couple of games, where the level dropped a bit, but there were some good rallies.  Lopez is a different opponent to most of the players you play on the tour these days, so it was a good test for me, and I am happy I got two-and-a-half  hours of good, competitive tennis to start the year,” Murray told the

Murray said he was looking forward to facing Nadal as the world’s top players use the three-day exhibition tournament for crucial practice ahead of the new ATP season, which gets underway this weekend. “When you have not played a match after a while, normally you can wake up a bit stiff the next day, a bit sore. But it is good for me to be able to test myself against Rafa and I will keep trying to improve. I am now guaranteed another two matches here, which is perfect and exactly what the players want,” added Murray.
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