ABIERTO MEXICANO TELCEL 2014
Murray Fights Past Simon; Ferrer's Acapulco Campaign Cut Short
by ATP Staff|
Second seed Andy Murray came back from the brink to defeat sixth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 on Thursday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, reaching his first semi-final since undergoing back surgery last September.
Murray fell behind 2-4 and 3-5 in the second set, but recovered the breaks in the following games. In the third set, he rolled out to a 3-0 lead and broke Simon at love in the final game, finishing the match at 5 for 5 on his break point chances.
Simon had been attempting to snap an 11-match losing streak against the 26-year-old Scot. His lone victory against Murray came seven years ago, in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.
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The 22-year-old Dimitrov defeated seventh seed and last week's Marseille champion Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-5 in a late-night battle that concluded after two hours and 39 minutes - exactly five minutes longer than Murray's match.
David Ferrer’s bid to reach a fifth straight final at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel came to an end when he retired with a left adductor strain in his quarter-final match against fifth seed Kevin Anderson. Ferrer had won the opening set 6-2, before falling behind 2-4 in the second set.
The three-time champion was looking to record his 25th match win in Acapulco and set a rematch with Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, whom he had lost to in the Rio Open semi-finals last week. Anderson reached the Delray Beach final last week (l. to Cilic).
Earlier Thursday, Dolgopolov advanced to back-to-back semi-finals for the first time since July 2012 as he withstood 18 aces to defeat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6(4).
Top Seeds Kubot/Lindstedt Upset
Top seeds and reigning Australian Open champions Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt fell in their quarter-final match against Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi 6-3, 6-4. Lopez and Mirnyi next play third seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot, who edged Jarkko Nieminen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
Australian Open finalists Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, the No. 4 seeds, were also upset, losing to Anderson and Matthew Ebden 7-6(5), 3-6, 13-11. Meanwhile, the Mexican wild card duo of Cesar Ramirez and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela reached the semi-finals as they prevailed against Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and American Scott Lipsky 1-6, 6-3, 10-8.