Off-colour Murray battles back to reach semi-finals

 

Andy Murray made it through to the semi-finals of the Miami Masters with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Janko Tipsarevic last night. But it was far from easy as the Scot battled illness in a lengthy match.

The British No 1 lost the first set 6-4, with several unforced errors proving costly after he led 4-2. Murray was broken in the first game of the second set, at which point the Scot complained to his trainer Jez Green that he was struggling to keep fluids down.

No time-out was needed, and Murray looked more like his old self the longer the set progressed, winning it 6-3 to level the match. Murray broke Tipsarevic in the third game of the final set to establish a 2-1 lead, with the Serbian calling for the trainer immediately after as he received treatment to his feet.

A sloppy mistake from Murray prolonged the sixth game, but he eventually took it to go 4-2 up. However, Tipsarevic was not willing to lie down, and forced Murray all the way to break point before finally conceding the eighth. From there, the Scot took advantage of a tiring opponent to force his way through a hard-fourth match.

In the semi-finals he will face either against Rafa Nadal or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who were playing later last night.

Murray was broken in the first match of the day by the ninth seed, but he immediately broke back and held serve. The contest went with serve until the sixth game, when Murray broke to establish control of the first set. There was no indication of the struggles to follow for him at this point in the contest.

However, Tipsarevic immediately broke back and held serve to square things up at 4-4, before breaking in the ninth game. An ace gave the Serb two set points and he repeated the feat with the next point to land the set in 53 minutes.

Things failed to improve for Murray as the world No 4 was broken in the first game of the second set, prompting him to seek medical advice. Tipsarevic held serve to win a sixth successive game, before Murray stopped the rot in the third game.

He broke his opponent in the fourth game to level, but the topsy-turvy nature of the contest continued when Tipsarevic took the second of two break points to go 3-2 ahead.

Murray broke back immediately to love and take his run of points on Tipsarevic's serve to seven in a row, then held serve and broke again. The Scot took the first of two set points to make sure the match went the distance.

In the women's event, Venus Williams's comeback from an energy-sapping illness ended with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
a clockwork orange, stanley kubrick
film
Extras
The Tesco Hudl2: An exceptional Android tablet that's powerful, well-built and outstanding value
indybest

News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricket
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Life and Style
food + drinkAuthor DBC Pierre presents his guide to the morning after
Life and Style
food + drink
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas