Andy Murray vs David Ferrer, Saturday, Time: 2pm BST - Discuss the match
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray dug deep today to find reserves of strength probably not even he knew he owned, to outlast David Ferrer in the semi-final of the Valencia Open. Murray led by a set and two breaks before squeezing home 6-4 7-5.

Job number one when playing away – and Valencia is Ferrer’s home town – is to silence the crowd. Murray did just that, breaking the Spaniard in the second game.

The Scot held on for the rest of the set, testing Ferrer with his superior weight of shot, depth and variety in a Murray masterclass. Although Ferrer held his only break point as the Scot served out, an adrenaline-fuelled ace down the T that tipped the speed gun at 140mph snuffed out the danger.

For the first half of the second set, it was more of the sam...
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By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray today overcame not only big-serving South African Kevin Anderson but also the version of himself that sometimes mutters and chunters his way to unlikely defeats. The Scot advanced into the semi-finals of the Valencia Open, 6-7 6-4 6-4.

In a tetchy, 80-minute first set in which Murray posted a first-serve strike-rate of just 42%, the Brit broke in the second game, but surrendered his own delivery in the very next game. Anderson broke again at 3-3, only for Murray to restore parity after a marathon service game.

With the Scot constantly reproaching himself out loud for his lack of tactics and concentration, the first set lurched bad-temperedly towards a tiebreak, which the big South African took 7-4 after a series of loose shots...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray recorded his 100th indoor win after easing past Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open.

It was an impressive display of consistency and controlled aggression from the British number one, who was firmly in control of the match from the opening stages. Serving very well himself, he was able to frequently attack Fognini's second serve to put the 27-year-old Italian under pressure.

Murray got off to a flying start, playing more consistently in the long rallies and getting an immediate break as the unpredictable Italian double-faulted.

Fognini saved three break points at 2-0, but a skillful passing shot on the run from a determined Murray secured another break point. With the pressure mou...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray started his Valencia Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Austrian Jurgen Melzer. Fresh from his run to the title in Vienna, Murray will be looking for another good run in Valencia to bolster his chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals.

In an up-and-down return-dominated contest marked by nineteen breakpoints and nine breaks of serve, Murray managed his tennis the better of the two to carve out a straight sets win. Although his second serve was frequently under attack, he managed his first delivery well, winning over 80% of his first serve points.

The pair exchanged breaks in the third and fourth games before Murray broke to love in Melzer's next service game to take a 3-2 lead.

Both players had break poi...
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By Luke Sefton
Andy Murray recovered from a break down in the decider to defeat David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 to capture the Erste Bank Open title.

In a match that reflected their 2013 Miami final, the tide turned several times with both players going from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again – perhaps not unexpected in a battle between two of the games top returners. But it was Britain’s number one who eventually came out on top; having let a 2-0 lead slip in the final set, he battled back from 3-5 down to take the title after winning the last four games in a row.

It was the Spaniard who started stronger, breaking Murray in the sixth game after a scrappy game from the Brit, with Ferrer constantly looking to take advantage of the Brit’s lacklustre seco...
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By Luke Sefton
Andy Murray moved into his second final in four weeks with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Victor Troicki at the Erste Bank Open.

It was a relatively straightforward win for the Brit against an erratic Troicki, and despite a minor first set wobble he never really gave the Serb a sniff.

With the return in fine form Murray was regularly finding a way into Troicki’s games, and in the fifth he eventually broke through after a scrappy game from the Serb. But the second seed was struggling with his own serve – his second serve once again coming under attack – and a loose game of his own handed the advantage straight back.

The two shared holds before Murray raised his level again, with some fantastic net play putting Troicki under pressure. T...
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