Murray beats Isner to set up Ferrer semifinal in Vienna
Oct 30 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France celebrates after wining his semi final match against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia at the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Spaniard fought well in the second set but he wasted 3 break points and lost the set in the tie break.
By the end of the one-sided affair, Murray's error count was just 10 to 35 to the outclassed American.
Isner finally won a game and pumped up the crowd in relief at doing so and he tested Murray's own serve by going 0-40 up before the Scot dug deep to stave off the threat.
At the Swiss Indoors Basle, Kei Nishikori saved two match points before booking his place in the final with a three-set victory over Gilles Muller. Karlovic now has a season-leading 1,081 aces. In those moments John received a medical treatment for his hand and that obviously helped him. Troicki missed a match point on Ferrer's serve at 5-3 in the third and didn't win another game. But Murray then dug deep to claim a second set that saw him win each of the last four games. Now he is in his first semi-final since April, ousting Albert Ramos-Vinolas for the 5th time in as many matches (last 2 were very close), by 6-2 7-6.
Murray now has a rest day ahead of the final, which he will play on Sunday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He's one of the more robust players and doesn't often have too many niggles. He saved a match point for Karlovic at 6-5 in the tiebreaker before winning the next three points.
World number 72 Zverev pulled off an astonishing victory to reach the semi-finals in Basel, beating US Open champion Wawrinka 6-2 5-7 6-1.