Murray qualifies for ATP semis after victory over Tsonga

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Andy Murray qualified for the semi final of the World Tour Finals in London after a 6-2 7-6(3) victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Bar a mid second set blip, it was fairly easy for Murray who was in control throughout.

In just over ten minutes, Murray found himself a double break up at 4-0 having lost just eight points in total. With the bagel threatening, Tsonga upped his game and finally made a move on the scoreboard with the help of some big serves to go to 1-4. After being taken to 30 on his last two service games, the Scot made a statement next time round with an emphatic love hold to force Tsonga to stay in the set. The Frenchman would do so and despite saving two set points on the next service game of his opponent, still could not carve out a vital break point. At the third time of asking, Murray would convert for a one set lead which guaranteed his spot in the semi finals – although his confusion during the mid set break seemed to indicate he wasn’t quite sure of it himself.

Like in the first set, Murray would break in the opening game. This time, it would be thanks to a double fault from his opponent who lost three straight points to be broken. He looked comfortable throughout and it seemed that the one break that would be all that was needed. A double break chance went in game three and he would eventually pay for it serving at 4-3 up. Murray had been dominant on serve all match but threw in a stinker of a service game and was broken to love, finished off with a cracker of a return winner on the backhand from Tsonga.

Murray would have to serve to stay in the set twice. The first time it was fairly straight forward, but the second time round it was anything but. At *5-6, he had already blown two game points and Tsonga had managed to carve himself out a break (and so, set) point but the Frenchman’s forehand went wide on the vital point and Murray would go on to hold. A second set tie break would be needed to settle it. The all important mini break would be at 2-2 on the Tsonga serve, where the Frenchman was put under pressure and forced to hit a backhand down the line that would go just wide. Tsonga threatened on both return points but Murray would hold steady to move just two points from the match. A great return would force yet another Tsonga error and bring up four match points. He would take the second with an ace out wide to earn a straight sets win and second place in Group A at the World Tour Finals.

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