Andrew Murray joins Novak Djokovic in ATP semifinals
Saturday 10 Nov 2012 11:40 a.m.
Andy Murray (Reuters)
By Chris Lehourites
Needing to win only one set to join Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the ATP finals, Andy Murray delighted the adoring home crowd by winning two.
The U.S. Open and Olympic champion defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-6 (3) Friday to reach Sunday's semifinals, hours after Djokovic advanced by beating Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6 (6).
Because Djokovic won the early match at the O2 Arena in straight sets, Murray needed only to win one set to ensure his passage. And he got that easily, breaking Tsonga's serve in the first and third games en route to a 4-0 lead.
Murray had another early break in the second set, but Tsonga got it back to even the score at 3-3 and eventually force the tiebreaker.
Murray (2-1) finished second in Group A, while Djokovic (3-0) was first.
The ATP finals is the last tournament of the season, and only for the top eight players in the world. In Group B, six-time champion Roger Federer has already qualified for the semifinals and will face Juan Martin del Potro in his final group match on Saturday. David Ferrer is also in the group and can still qualify for the semifinals, but Janko Tipsarevic has been eliminated.