Murray thrives under Gilbert influence

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Andy Murray spoke of his increasing confidence under his new coach Brad Gilbert after defeating Mardy Fish 6-2 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash with Dmitry Tursunov at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington. Britain's No 1 defeated the American in straight sets to reach the last four of his first tournament since Gilbert was appointed to succeed Mark Petchey.

Murray said: "Brad and I spoke at the end of the match. He was disappointed, thought I got tentative at the end. I still thought I was playing good tennis. I'm not a better player yet. But technically, I'm getting there. I'm gaining confidence. I didn't play too well on hard courts at the start of the year but this was my best. I think the second set was the best six games I've played."

The 19-year-old Scot will face Tursunov after the Russian defeated the British No 2, Tim Henman, 6-3 6-2. Henman has now lost to Tursunov four times since Wimbledon in 2005.