Qatar Open: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray Advance To Semi-finals

Top players Andy struggled to overtake Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the quarter-final of Qatar Open on a blustery and chilly on Thursday night.

Murray has his serve broken in the opening game against the 44th-ranked Almagro. Murray fought back to win the first set in a tiebreaker.

Before Murray got pivotal in the 14-point 11th game, both the players broke serve early in the second set.

Murray said that “It was a very tough match. Nico was playing very aggressive, going for his shots and it was hard conditions tonight. It was very windy so it was tough to get into much of a rhythm.”

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“I served pretty good; second serve points won was where the difference was in the match. I won 61 percent of mine; I think he won 48 percent of his, so that was the difference.”

Murray has reached the quarterfinals with a nearly similar point as 7-6 (6), 7-5 against Geerald Melzer on Wednesday. Murray said “The first week of the year there’s a few nerves. You want to make sure you get some matches with Australia (Australian Open) just around the corner.”

Murray wins two times in Qatar Open; he will play the quarterfinal matches against third-seeded Tomas Berdych and fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Pervious defending champion Novak Djokovic is higher after defeating Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3.

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Djokovic said “It’s a soft term saying windy for what it’s been today. It’s quite challenging I must say, mentally mostly, to really be able to go through these kind of conditions without losing the focus and the determination on the court.”

“There is not much you can do. The force of nature is like that. You have to accept and try to embrace it, really be one with the wind; otherwise it’s not going to be a good day for you.”

Djokovic is going to play Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the semifinals. Verdasco defeats sixth-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia at 6-2, 7-5.

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