ATP Tour

Murray sets up Anderson clash

2014-10-23 17:36
Andy Murray (AFP)

Valencia - Andy Murray has inched closer to sealing his place at the World Tour Finals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini to reach the Valencia Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

The Scot has won 15 of his last 17 matches to put himself on course for a seventh consecutive appearance at the season-ending event which features the world's top eight players.

However, top seed David Ferrer also remained in contention as he swept aside compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last eight.

Murray had looked far from convincing on serve in disposing of Jurgen Melzer on Wednesday, but didn't even face a break point as he set up a last-eight clash with South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

The two-time Grand Slam champion had won only one of his previous three previous meetings with Fognini, including a defeat in the deciding rubber of the Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and Italy earlier this year.

However, Murray raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set and even had a set point at 5-1 before serving it out 6-2.

Just one break was enough in the second set as Murray upped his intensity in the fifth game to break to 15.

Ferrer was just as comfortable as he breezed past Verdasco in just over an hour on court.

A three-time winner in Valencia, Ferrer could meet Murray in the semi-finals should he overcome Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Belluci, who was given a walkover into the last eight after sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut pulled out due to an injury.

Anderson had an equally easy route into the quarters as his scheduled opponent Martin Klizan also withdrew.

Home favourite Pablo Andujar continued where he left off in beating second seed Tomas Berdych on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Serbian Dusan Lajovic to set up a quarter-final meeting with compatriot Tommy Robredo.

Results from the fourth day of the ATP Valencia Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Second round
Pablo Andujar (ESP) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-2
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-2, 6-4
Kevin Anderson (RSA x7) bt Martin Klizan (SRB) walkover
Thomaz Belluci (BRA) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x6) walkover
David Ferrer (ESP x1) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-3, 6-2
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.