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Murray Fights Past Simon; Ferrer's Acapulco Campaign Cut Short

Acapulco, Mexico

Murray© MextenisAndy Murray reaches his first semi-final since Wimbledon.

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.

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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. 

Murray will look to reach his first final since winning the Wimbledon title when he faces fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov, whom he has defeated in their three previous encounters.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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