Andy Murray rolled into the Vienna semifinals crushing John Isner 6-1, 6-3 to win his 13th straight tour match. Isner was suffering from blisters as Murray ran his mark to 7-0 against the American.
“(Isner’s injury) obviously helped me as from the back of the court he wasn’t really generating much power with his forehand,” said Murray.
“I was then able to dictate most points from the back of the court. I think I returned pretty good, though. It was important to put him under a bit of pressure especially from the beginning of the match.”
Murray will next face David Ferrer who needed to save a match point in a win over Viktor Troicki 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Ferrer found himself down a break in the third and faced match point serving 3-5. Murray leads the series with Ferrer 14-6.
In the other semifinal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Ivo Karlovic. Tsonga topped Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 7-6(5) while Karlovic saved a match point in 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over 20-year-old phenom Karen Khachanov.
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