Andy Murray defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach last four at ATP World Tour Finals
Last Updated: 10/11/12 8:48am
Andy Murray: Secured straight-sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at O2 Arena
Andy Murray progressed to the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals after claiming a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the O2 Arena.
The British No 1 only needed to win a set to reach the semi-finals but put some further gloss on his qualification by dispatching his French opponent with relative ease.
Tsonga showcased some deft touches at the net and enjoyed a resurgence at the end of the second set but Murray, who goes through as runner-up to Group A winner Novak Djokovic, was ultimately a level above him.
Murray signalled his intentions by claiming a break in opening game, with another following at the next opportunity.
Tsonga finally got on the board in the fifth game, raising a loud cheer even among a London crowd which had come out in force to support the home player.
After the Frenchman managed to hold serve for a second straight time thanks to some neat volleying, Murray closed out the set to book his place in the last four of the season-ending event.
Despite the fact his place in the semis was now assured, there was no let-up from the US Open champion as he broke again in the first game of the second set.
With the crowd behind him, Tsonga finally upped his energy levels midway through the set and managed to break the third seed on the back of a memorable rally in the eighth game.
He even fashioned a set point in the 12th game but sent a forehand wide and Murray served it out to force a tie-break, where the Brit took control early on before completing the win with a huge ace out wide.
Murray looks set to face Roger Federer in Sunday's semi-finals but his opponent will be confirmed after the conclusion of Group B on Saturday.