ATP Tour, Brisbane International: Britain's Andy Murray through to last four
Last Updated: 04/01/13 12:42pm
Andy Murray: British number one will take on Kei Nishikori in Brisbane International semi-finals
Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Brisbane International with a 6-4 7-6 (7/3) win over Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.
Murray served three aces in winning the first set, taking his only break point and saving two on his own serve.
The Scot served two double faults at 3-4 in the second but kept his nerve to hold and remain on terms in the set. Istomin held after three deuces to lead 6-5 and the set continued to a tie-break with neither player facing a break point.
Istomin led 2-0 after an early point against the serve but Murray hit back to take the breaker 7/3 and set up a clash with Japan's Kei Nishikori, who beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov by exactly the same scoreline, 6-4 7-6 (7/3).
Murray said: "For the most part it was pretty good quality. He served well for the majority of the first set, and especially well at the beginning the second.
"I didn't really have that many chances on returns, so I needed to serve well today. That helped."
The other semi-final will be contested by Grigor Dimitrov and Marcos Baghdatis, who both upset seeded players.
Dimitrov, from Bulgaria, served 17 aces in a 6-3 6-2 win over seventh-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer while Baghdatis, the Cypriot who reached the 2006 Australian Open final, beat French third seed Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4.