Murray, Dimitrov ease through to China Open final

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 09, 2016 09:53 AM
Murray, Dimitrov ease through to China Open final
Andy Murray of Britain gestures during play against David Ferrer of Spain in a men's semifinal singles match of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
BEIJING (AP) Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov eased into the final of the China Open on Saturday one of them without playing. Top-seeded Murray beat fifth-seeded David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 to reach his ninth final of the season, while Dimitrov advanced with a walkover against third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada. Murray lost his serve to go 2-1 down before winning five straight games to take the opening set. He has yet to drop a set this week. Murray, who took over the No. 1 seeding when Novak Djokovic withdrew, is at the China Open for the third time, and has improved each time: He reached the quarterfinals on debut, and the semifinals in 2014. Dimitrov had a walkover against Raonic, who injured his ankle during his quarterfinal victory against Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday. Murray leads Dimitrov 7-3 in head-to-head meetings. On the women's side, Johanna Konta assured herself of a place in the next WTA top-10 rankings the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984 after defeating Madison Keys in three sets. The 11th-seeded Konta beat eighth-seeded Keys 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 with the American winning only 37 percent of points on her second service. Ranked 14th, Konta faces Agnieszka Radwanska in the final. The third-seeded Pole beat 16th-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 7-6 (3), 6-3.

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