Andy Murray recovered from a poor start to move into the semi finals of the Sony Open, defeating Marin Cilic in straight sets 6-4 6-3. After going up 0-40 on the Cilic serve and failing to break to start the match, it was inevitable that Murray would then find himself broken in his opening service game at the first time of asking to go 0-2 down. Murray hit back right away, with another 0-40 opening but this time would convert to get the match back on serve. Early on, the server was not having much joy as the pair traded breaks once more to make it four breaks out of five to begin the match.
Murray eventually held for 3-3 as things calmed down with only one break opportunity for the rest of the set. That would come at 4-4 for Murray who would convert at 15-40 with a sweet backhand pass that Cilic could not handle. Murray would serve out the set but wouldn’t make it easy, recovering from a 0-30 deficit to take it.
It was all Murray to begin the second, as he took 8 of the first 9 points into the set to quickly move into a 2-0 lead. After a marathon game at 2-1 saw him hold, saving four break points, it seemed like the danger was over for Murray who would later add an insurance break for a 5-2 lead, and the opportunity to serve for the match. After failing to convert match point he would find himself broken as Cilic attempted to make a last gasp comeback. Some excellent tennis under pressure saw Cilic save five more match points on serve before he eventually buckled under the pressure with Murray making it seventh time lucky to take the match and move on.
Murray will play Richard Gasquet next, who overcame no.4 seed Czech player Berdych in straight sets 6-3 6-3.