ATP World Tour Finals 2016

Andy Murray advances to semi-finals of ATP Tour Finals

Briton beats Stan Wawrinka to remain on course for a showdown with Novak Djokovic in a battle for the No 1 world ranking in tennis

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 November, 2016, 11:54pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 November, 2016, 11:57pm

Britain’s Andy Murray qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals on Friday by beating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2.

Murray, who needs to do better than Novak Djokovic this weekend to finish the season as the top-ranked tennis player, broke Wawrinka late in the first set and twice at the start of the second.

“The first set was tight. There weren’t many chances,” said Murray. “I managed to get the break late in the set. In the second set I’d already qualified for the semis so maybe it was easier for me to play more free than him.”

Murray took over the No 1 ranking at the Paris Masters this month, but Djokovic can still overtake him if the second-ranked Serb does better at the season-ending tournament. Djokovic has already qualified for the semi-finals.

Murray will next face Milos Raonic on Saturday, while Djokovic meets Kei Nishikori.