Murray subdues Ferrer to continue British charge

Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:14am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray continued Britain's Australian Open success when he overcame David Ferrer 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3 in a grueling tussle to reach the semi-finals for the sixth time in seven years on Wednesday.

The world number two was forced to scrap for almost every point but finally subdued the indefatigable Spanish eighth seed after three hours and 20 minutes of punishing baseline tennis on Rod Laver Arena.

With compatriot Johanna Konta having reached the last four in the women's draw earlier on Wednesday, Britain has two representatives in the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time since 1977.

Murray's brother Jamie has also reached the last four of the men's doubles with Brazilian Bruno Soares.

"Johanna Konta has done unbelievable," said the younger Murray. "It's very exciting to have a British woman in the latter stages of a slam, that's not happened for a long, long time.

"And I'm very proud of Jamie of course."

Murray will next face Milos Raonic or Gael Monfils as he bids to reach a fifth Australian Open final.

The 28-year-old has lost on all four of his previous visits to the Melbourne Park final but will certainly be battle-hardened for his assault on the title this year.   Continued...

Sweat flies off Britain's Andy Murray as he hits a shot during his quarter-final match against Spain's David Ferrer at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato